I mean, it's an inspiring story, so it should have blown my mind, right? The diary entries read in the movie were taken verbatim from the book, , which is a compilation of the original diary entries written by Gruwell's students. Where there was war between races and gangs. An yet I find myself discouraged when I read books like this. When you thick of Long Beach the things that come to your mind are probably beautiful beaches, expensive boutiques, and magnificent mansions. Maybe I've just lost the fresh-faced idealism of a brand-new teacher. I had to read this after having seen an essay in Newsweek. A lot of people emailed me today about what a great speaker she was.
And rather than picking up a pen and finding a solution, they turned to guns and bombs instead. Many of the other Freedom Writers have graduated from College and Graduate schools and are still in touch with Ms. Teaching voice is difficult - but it can happen - Each student's voice, like a fingerprint, is extremely unique, represented by punctuation marks, word choice, sentence variety. The students certainly had some amazing opportunities, and I was proud to see them develop as people as the book progressed. My kids, when expressing how they really feel, use what I call Urban English. .
Did Erin really get chalk dust on her backside on her first day? I think I would have liked this better if it had been fiction, to allow me to suspend my disbelief. Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writer Teachers also collaborated with Scholastic to create On the Record, an innovative reading and writing program. I have taught in about 15 different classrooms in the 3 years I've been teaching. He experienced segregation up close as he traveled with fellow African American players who had to drink out of different water fountains and eat in different sections of restaurants. Undaunted by the hostility of other members of the high school staff, who look upon her innovative methods with suspicion and perhaps a touch of jealousy over her success, she fights to remain with her students through their four years of high school so that she can continue to shepherd them academically, socially, and emotionally.
I don't want to take anything away from it. My dad always said you should judge a batter by his swing and not by the color of his skin. The best review of the movie which touches on many of my concerns about the book I have seen: I will begin by stating that I did not read this entire book. Certainly she couldn't have gotten these students to write the long-winded and introspective entries at the beginning of her first semester. In fact, her session got the highest marks for Overall Value! They saw a hostel environment filled with corruption, hate, and discrimination. After teaching high school from 1993 to 1998 and earning her Master's Degree from California State University at Long Beach, Erin Gruwell became a professor at the same University, teaching in the Liberal Arts and Education Departments. These individuals include Renee Firestone, Eddie Ilam, Elisabeth Mann, and Gloria Ungar.
A coworker strongly recommended the book to me and actually put it in my hand, so I decided to give it a chance. They stayed late in her classroom, avoiding home … working first on their diaries, and then on their other homework. Watching from the start to where these students came from. Erin brought the classroom as a family. She also founded the , which is working to replicate the success of the Freedom Writers in other classrooms across America. Gruwell said all of the Freedom Writers graduated from high school and most went either to a city college or university.
This was a very powerful movie and I enjoyed watching every minute of it. Gruwell was able to elicit the trust of all of her students so quickly so that they would be comfortable writing about their crimes and personal issues and get them to write pages and pages when they had refused to do any writing before. This feels like a difficult book to rate fairly. An yet I find myself discouraged when I read books like this. I am a student at Delta to proceed my dream of becoming a dental hygienist. I look forward to reading the book she wrote, Teach With Your Heart. I think the decision to clean up the entries was made to present the students in the best possible light and I support that.
She takes the classroom to the holocaust museum and makes them meet with Miep Gies and they all get inspired to be strong, have courage and make a change. The reality of my urban setting is quite different. I've heard that some people have problems with the language and some of the content of the stories sex, drugs, gangs, etc. She got each student a diary to write what has happened, or what is happening just about their life. I know that this is a real class and Ms. Finn speculated, he was wearing basketball shorts with a gang color not welcome in the neighborhood he was in.
The Freedom Writers had done the impossible, they had gone from a group of kids in a below average English class to published author, advocates for change, and people who believed in their bright future ahead of them. At school, Gruwell intercepts a racist drawing by one of her high school students and utilizes it to teach them about the , most of whom have no knowledge of. Gurwell went on to have her core group of students for all four years they were at Wilson, and continued to receive more kids as the years went on. I know that she has another book that is more focused on her methods, and maybe that has more of what I was looking for. I work in an inner city school. They auditioned 10,000 teens across the nation for the roles of the students and these kids came from being poor and Juvenal homes. Watch several Erin Gruwell interviews, where she talks about her former students, their diaries, and her first year of teaching.
As I understand it, the movie also used Erin's memoir to put together the various threads. Where students felt safe in the classroom and considered the classroom as a home. They would become a family, and together have a lasting impact on the world around them. Regardless of what her peers tried to tell her, Gruwell sought to engage her jaded students. She taught us how to mentor other kids. But adults created the system.