Book Report on the Freedom Writers Diary
Ten years ago, The Freedom Writers Diary was published and soon became an international sensation. Today, more than one million people have read it, and they have even made it a motion picture starring Hilary Swank. As the freedom writers all graduated from high school and keep on advocating their deeds, the journey continues. Through the report I would like to divide them into four sections to discuss: origin, differentiation, motivation and education. The Freedom Writers Diary is a true story of Erin Gruwell and her students at classroom 203 of Wilson High school in Long Beach, California. Only at the age of twenty-three, it was her first teaching assignment to work with students considered “unteachable” by other teachers. It didn’t take long for Erin to find out that getting a higher GPA was not a priority for any of the students at room 203. Instead of worrying about their homework, students faced gunfire, gangs, drugs and so much more situations she could not imagine. Students then convinced that such fragile white woman does not deserve respect because she had never experienced violence, discrimination or hatred which happened every day in their lives. One day, Ms. G intercepted a note being passed between students; the paper revealed a racist caricature full of hate-- A sketch of a black student with huge lips and curly hair. Gruwell told her class that it was this sort of hate and misunderstanding that led to the Holocaust. To her shock, her students had never heard of the Holocaust. Therefore, she introduced her class to Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and to Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo. Through the books they learned to see the parallels to their own lives. In addition, a journal was given out to note down their thoughts, feelings, and whatever was going on in their lives. For the first time, she caught the student’s attention and also brought them interest in academics. To enrich the effect of the diaries, Gruwell came up with a “Read -a-Thon for Tolerance” as a fundraiser to bring Miep Gies, the Dutch woman whose family sheltered Anne Frank back in time to Wilson High. The class went on to receive immense recognition from the mass and also the government, hoping that people would find inspiration in their story of success. Their efforts have paid off. It was nothing less than a miracle that all 150 of the Freedom Writers who were viewed was problem teens graduated from high school and made it to college. Were it not for Ms. G’s strong determination and perseverance, such miracle would not happen; thus “The Freedom Writers Foundation” was founded to dedicate to recreating the success of room203 in classrooms throughout the country. Now they are touring all over the world to share their stories with people, and most important of all, to get the marginalized be heard. With mighty power from the students’ own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary is truly an inspiring and uplifting example of how courage, hark work and determination can change tremendously for not one’s, but a hundred and fifty students’ life. When we think of golden state, where the story took place, the first thing that comes to our mind is probably beautiful beaches, gracious mansions and celebrities. However, it is nothing like that in freedom writers lives. For students like us who grow up in simple society with no obvious separation, it is so hard to imagine they grew up in a place with various races, causing riots in the streets. It is an environment filled with corruption, hate and discrimination. It was also indeed dangerous for many of the students to walk to school from home, not to mention at night. Many of them lost their neighbors, friends and even siblings during their childhood. To them, innocent is far gone, never having the opportunity to simply be a kid. They said the Wilson High was like Long Beach,...
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