“The Freedom Writers”
Who: Erin Gruwell/Ms. G, Steve Gruwell, Scot Casey, Margaret Campbell, and the Freedom Writers
What: The Freedom Writers (from the diaries of the students of Room 203)
Where: Long beach and Los angeles, California
Erin Gruwell is a young new excited teacher at one of the hardest school Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California.
At first, Erin is having problem about her new students and she was shunned by her co-teachers. Most of the students at Woodrow are involved in gang war or know someone in a gang; the students are protecting their self to live.
Erin Gruwell spends her days watching each race isolate into groups and she want to make a difference in her students life’s; she believes that she can change her students. Knowing that every one of her students has a story to tell, Erin encourages them to keep a daily journal of their thoughts and experiences. Despite her students' obstinate refusal to participate during class, Erin tries various means to engage them on a daily basis.
They spark a transformation in the classroom, compel them to listen and force her to take off her idealistic blinders and take in the kids' survival stories of their undeclared war on the streets. Erin begins to connect with them. She brings in music from the 'Hood, and literature from another kind of ghetto, The Diary of Anne Frank, and with these simple tools she opens her students' eyes to the experiences of those suffering intolerance throughout the world and the struggles of those outside their own communities.
The teenagers begin to read books by people their own age, people living in war zones. Ms. G. assigns "The Diary of Anne Frank", "Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo", and other literature that presents parallels to the students' world. They begin to keep their own diaries.
Ms. G.... [continues]
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