Daily VideoApril 9, 2021
Daily News Lesson: How Gabby Giffords is using music to rewire her brain after being shot
Directions: Read the summary, watch the video and answer the discussion questions. To read a transcript of the video, click here.
Summary: President Joe Biden reached out to, and fist-bumped, former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords at the White House Rose Garden Thursday — a moment to mark a new push to curb gun violence. Giffords was shot in the head in 2011, and has become a fierce gun reform advocate.
Warm up questions: Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:
- Who is Gabby Giffords?
- Why did Giffords create the organization Giffords? Why did Giffords fist bump President Joe Biden at the White House?
- What role might music therapy play in someone’s life who has brain damage?
- How does aphasia affect Giffords’ life?
- Where and when was Giffords shot?
- How does music therapy help those with conditions like aphasia?
- Can you think of a person in your life whose grit and determination brought them joy?
aphasia: loss of ability to understand or express speech, caused by brain damage. The person can still talk and communicate and understands everything going on but has difficulty speaking the words they are thinking, which can be very frustrating.
Media literacy: Why do you think Gabby Giffords agreed to do this story with NewsHour? Why is it common practice for journalists not to provide questions ahead of time to their guests?
Watch this story Breaking down Biden’s plan to curb ‘blemish’ of gun violence in America to learn more about the President’s executive actions on Thursday to curb gun violence, which he described as an “epidemic” and an “international embarrassment.” Nearly 20,000 people died of gun violence last year, and another 24,000 died by suicide.
PBS NewsHour education stories newsletter
Updates for EXTRA’s Super Civics teaching resources doc
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
Daily News Lesson: Latino immigrants’ long history in U.S. baseball displayed in new bilingual exhibit
Explore the long history of Latinos playing baseball and how they changed the sport in the U.S. Continue reading
Following more arrests related to the Hong Kong protests, PBS NewsHour discusses a children’s book labeled as “seditious” Continue reading
Read and discuss the impact of Dasia Taylor’s new color changing sutures Continue reading
PBS NewsHour explores the issue with wildfires in the west. Continue reading
On this episode of “On Our Minds,” a podcast made by teenagers for teenagers on mental health, Noah and Zion discuss the body’s reaction to depression and the relationship between physical and mental illness. Continue reading