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The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them
The Freedom Writers Diary How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them Author:Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Shocked by the teenage violence she witnessed during the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, Erin Gruwell became a teacher at a high school rampant with hostility and racial intolerance. For many of these students?whose ranks included substance abusers, gang members, the homeless, and victims of abuse?Gruwell was the first person to treat them wit... more »h dignity, to believe in their potential and help them see it themselves. Soon, their loyalty towards their teacher and burning enthusiasm to help end violence and intolerance became a force of its own. Inspired by reading The Diary of Anne Frank and meeting Zlata Filipovic (the eleven-year old girl who wrote of her life in Sarajevo during the civil war), the students began a joint diary of their inner-city upbringings. Told through anonymous entries to protect their identities and allow for complete candor, The Freedom Writers Diary is filled with astounding vignettes from 150 students who, like civil rights activist Rosa Parks and the Freedom Riders, heard society tell them where to go?and refused to listen.« less
This is a most insprational book on so many levels. The students and their stories are amazing, their teacher and all that she had to overcome to reach her students is truly inspirational and the people they met through their readings continue to inspire all people over the decades.I highly recommend this uplifting and unforgettable book.
You will immediately recognize the title of this book because of the movie that has come out with Hillary Swank in the lead role. I have not seen the movie, but I enjoyed the book.
It's kind of different -- written as an inclusive diary of entries by various students (and occasionally the teacher) in a young English teacher's classes in a California high school. The entries trace the progression of how the teacher introduces some innovative teaching lessons, that "catch on fire" with the students, who are supposed to be "unteachable." It goes on to depict how the spirit of the classes goes out to the outside world. It was truly inspiring.
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This is a facinating book, especially if you have never been very close to street crime. It will really open your eyes to another world you may never have imagined with the exception of what's on TV. People struggle in this world and this is a first hand account of that truth. It is gripping, powerfull, and inspiring.
Very good! I wanted to read the book before I saw the movie, but as "timing" would have it, I ended up in the theatre befre I started the book. I really enjoyed both. They were different. BUT, I definitely would have enjoyed both much more if I had "read" then "saw." I recommend you skip the movie until you read the book.