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The Freedom Writers Diary

The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them

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  • TheFreedom Writers Diary is an interesting and realistic depiction of everydaylife through the eyes of real high school students. The diary entries, although most likelyedited for a polished product, offer a fresh glimpse into modern socialproblems of all types, including the tensions that arise from living within aculturally diverse environment.

    Segregation has been a problem for quite some time, and it has trickled down from generation to generation, influencing younger and younger children every day. The problems the teenagers were facing in this book, The Freedom Writers Diary, were simply because of the segregation they were either taught or learned from the people around them. With the help of Ms. Gruwell, these teenagers became more open-minded about their peers and realized they needed an education.

  • Erin Gruwell is the president of the Freedom Writers Association and the author of "The Freedom Writers Diary" and "Teach With Your Heart". The 2007 film "Freedom Writers" starring Hillary Swank is based on Gruwell s inspirational story. She lives in Long Beach, California.

    Freedom Writers Diary is a non-fiction movie that was filmed in 2007. This movie differs from any other teen genre movie with its content. In the movie the students of Wilson Highschool are mostly consisted of immigrants, black people, basically kids who are outsiders in the society. This movie challenges status quo of teen genre movies because we don’t see typical blonde popular girl, a nerd guy or a sporty dumb popular boy.

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    The importance of self-worth is yet another significant theme in The Freedom Writers Diary. Because so few of Gruwell's students had ever had someone believe in them, half of her battle was showing the students that they were not only capable but were worthy of receiving a good education. She showed them that they...

The Freedom Writers Diary - Penguin Random House

What The Freedom Writers Diary teaches readers is how empowerment can change lives. Once Gruwell convinced her students of their self-worth, they began to see their potential. The students felt empowered to take academic and intellectual risks in the classroom; the first 150 Freedom Writers all graduated from high school and many went on to attend college when most believed that they would not make it through even the ninth grade. Perhaps more important, they felt empowered to befriend those whom they had previously dismissed as "the enemy." Additionally, they were empowered to believe that they could be successful; for many of Gruwell's students, she was the first person in their lives who had believed that they had potential.