1. Why are the students so unwilling to associate with anyone outside their ethnic/racial groups? Where does this intolerance come from?
The students are so unwilling to associate with each other because they’re not used to getting along with the other group of people. Their used to having to run or shoot at the other ethnic/racial groups. This intolerance comes from growing up in hostile environments towards the other ethnic/racial groups.
2. What would you do to break the ethnic and racial barriers in Mrs.Gruwell’s classroom?
To break the ethnic and racial barriers in the classroom I would mix the kids up and eventually
they’ll get used and start talking with the other students.
3. Think about your own school or out-of-school activities. Are youth respectful of each other’s differences? Are there problems similar to those in Wilson High? If so, what steps can you take to initiate change?
For the most part yes youth are respectful to each other’s differences. No there are not similar problems to those in Wilson High. But if there was then the steps I would take to initiate change would be to tell the teacher to maybe to a project were we learn about another person we don’t get along with so that by the end of the project the two could maybe see eye to eye and get along.
4. Ms.Gruwell is the first teacher to show trust and respect for the “at rick” students at Wilson High. How does Erin Gruwell demonstrate this? Why are some students more resistant to trusting each other
She listens to them, buys them books and treats them like people, this is how she shows trust and respect for the students. Some students are more resistant because they’re not used to being with other ethnic/racial parties and getting along, they also aren’t used to being treated with respect by white teachers.
5. Why is trust such an important component of a teacher-student relationship?
Trust is such a important component of a teacher-student relationship because if the student doesn’t trust then the student most likely won’t try to get good grades. If the students do trust the teacher they are more likely to try and get the best grades their capable of.
6. How do the classmates learn to trust one another? How does reading and writing initiate this change?
The classmates learn to trust each other by reading and writing. By reading and writing they got used to each other’s personality and eventually got comfortable with each other.
7. How are relationships healthier when the individuals involved have mutual respect?
It is important for both individuals to have respect for each other because then they will get along better and be happier. It’s also important because then they can exist in harmony and neither could get mad at the other.
8. Miep Gies, the women who hid Anne Frank, is a hero to Ms. Gruwell’s students. What does Miep Gies mean when she tells Ms. Gruell’s students, “You are heroes everyday’?
What she’s saying is that their heroes for waking up each day and fighting to get to the next.
9. Describe the transition in Mrs. Gruwell’s classroom from the first day of freshman year through the end of the year- how have the students changed? How has Ms.Gruwell changed.
Freshman year they were all segregated in to their ethnic/racial groups. Sophomore year they were best friends and they had become a little family. They referred to her class as their “kick ti place”. Mr. Gruell also changed. She changed into what she always wanted to do a teacher actually making a difference in the kids.
10. Why is Eva so affected by the ending of Anne Frank’s diary.
She was affected by the ending because Anne frank dies and she thought she was going to die too.
11. Have you ever had to overcome a significant problem? Who did you turn to for support?
No I have not ever had a significant problem I had to...