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

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Paperback, Main Street Books, 1999, ISBN # 038549422X
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A true account of a teacher who confronted a room of "at-risk" students details their life-changing journey and includes diary excerpts

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A true account of a teacher who confronted a room of "at-risk" students details their life-changing journey and includes diary excerpts

Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students.
As an idealistic twenty-three-year-old English teacher at Wilson High School in Long beach, California, Erin Gruwell confronted a room of "unteachable, at-risk" students. One day she intercepted a note with an ugly racial caricature, and angrily declared that this was precisely the sort of thing that led to the Holocaust--only to be met by uncomprehending looks. So she and her students, using the treasured books "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl" and "Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo" as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the "Freedom Writers" in homage to the civil rights activists "The Freedom Riders."
With funds raised by a "Read-a-thon for Tolerance," they arranged for Miep Gies, the courageous Dutch woman who sheltered the Frank family, to visit them in California, where she declared that Erin Gruwell's students were "the real heroes." Their efforts have paid off spectacularly, both in terms of recognition--appearances on "Prime Time Live" and "All Things Considered," coverage in "People" magazine, a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley--and educationally. All 150 Freedom Writers have graduated from high school and are now attending college.
With powerful entries from the students' own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, "The Freedom Writers Diary" is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students.
The authors' proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organization set up to pay for the Freedom Writers' college tuition. Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers.

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Number of Pages: 280
Original Languages: English
Author: Freedom Writers ,  Gruwell, Erin
Publisher: Random House Inc
ISBN-13: 9780385494229
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 5.50 x 8.25 x 0.75 Inches
ISBN-10: 038549422X
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This book was great book and I was able to captivate what was going on through out the whole book. What I loved most about the book was that these kids just about our age were able to come together and put aside their differences and do something they love. Every character in the book was willing to listen to each others thoughts or opinions and not be selfish about it. Personally I thought that this was a great book and that we all need to take something away from a book like this because this is what the world needs is understanding.

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The Freedom Writers is an excellent book. Good for adults as well as older children. Very inspiring

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