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“The Freedom Writers”

Literal level:

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

When: 1992-1995

Interpretative level:

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. starts moonlighting as a hotel concierge and as a lingerie saleswoman at Nordstrom for money to buy books and take the kids on field trips. They visit the Tolerance Museum and go to see "Schindler's List." With a sponsored Read-a-thon, the class raises funds to invite Miep Gies, the Dutch woman whose attic sheltered Anne Frank. Gies says that the ghettos where the students live are America's own war zones. She calls the students heroes. Other authors and luminaries come to visit. Over time, the students forge a strong bond and dub themselves the "Freedom Writers”. They all get into college and starting a new life.

Critical Analysis and Evalutaion:

Freedom Writers’ is a movie that I had watched for the first time during the class last month. The protagonist of this story is Ms.Gruwell or also known as Ms.G by the students. She is a daughter, a wife and a teacher. The story mostly took place at the classroom and the school. Ms Gruwell is a new teacher in the school, which have a racist problem among the students. Beside that, the senior teachers in that school was just ignored the students’ behaviors. They have not put an effort to change the students’ behaviors and their racist problems. They assumed that the students don’t really want to study and the students go to school just because they have been asked to do so by their family. Therefore, the senior teachers just teach the students only for the sake of teaching. However, things changed when Ms.Gruwell came and teach in the school. She has been teaching the students in the lowest grade. She has makes many improvements for the students and have slowly solved the racist problems among the students. There are many things that can be seen from this story on the perspectives of a teacher. One of them is an interactive classroom. In this movie, Ms.Gruwell has tried to get her students’ attention by started to have an interaction with the students. She asked some questions about the students’ life to make...
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