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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 with Erin Gruwell ; foreword by Zlata Filipovic.

Freedom Writers. (Author). Gruwell, Erin. (Added Author).
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  • ISBN: 038549422X
  • ISBN: 9780385494229
  • Physical Description: xvii, 280 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©1999.

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Formatted Contents Note: Freshman year, fall 1994 -- I. Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- First day of school -- Racial segregation at school -- Getting "jumped" -- Race riot on campus -- Buying a gun -- Death of a friend -- Gang initiation -- "Rushing" a sorority -- Tagging -- Proposition 187 : discrimination -- Dyslexia -- Juvenile hall -- The projects -- Russian roulette.
Freshman year, spring 1995 -- II. Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- Romeo and Juliet : gang rivalry -- Teenage love and running away -- Coping with weight -- Learning about diversity -- Oklahoma bombing -- Farewell to Manzanar : Japanese internment camps -- Overcoming adversity panel -- John Tu : father figure vs. absent father -- Freshman turnaround.
Sophomore year-fall 1995 -- III. Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- Homelessness -- Cystic fibrosis -- Shyness -- Twelve angry men -- Honors English -- Medieval Times -- Lesson on tolerance -- Toast for change -- Change for the better -- Testifying in murder case -- Teenage alcoholism -- Shoplifting -- Anne Frank's diary -- Teen diarists -- Zlata's diary, Bosnia vs. L.A. riots -- Peter Maass : article on Bosnia -- Zlata.
Sophomore year-spring 1996 -- A Letter to Zlata -- IV. Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- Meeting a Holocaust survivor -- The woman who sheltered Anne Frank's family -- "Moment" -- Zlata accepts our invitation -- Dinner with Zlata -- Diverse friendships -- "I am a human being" -- Terrorism -- Day of tolerance : a field trip -- Doing speed -- Basketball for Bosnia : weight -- Zlata's letter -- Divorce -- Friends join class -- Letter from Miep.
Junior year, fall 1996 -- V. Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- Racist teacher -- A grandmother's death -- Race riot -- Grade accountability -- Suicide -- Running away -- Getting a job -- Misogyny -- Molestation -- Boyfriend abuse -- Domestic violence -- Child abuse -- Death of brother.
Junior year-spring 1997 -- VI. Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- Anne Frank's friends visit -- Masking fears -- Living in the projects -- Dyslexia -- Letter from Miep -- Student editing -- Abortion -- Catalysts for change -- Freedom Riders -- An American diary ... voices from an undeclared war -- Fund-raiser concert -- Freedom Writer poem -- Freedom Writers unite -- Strict father -- Arlington Cemetery -- Lincoln Memorial : Freedom Writers have a dream -- Covering up the swastika -- Hate crimes -- Holocaust Museum -- Dr. Mengele's experiment with twins -- Dinner with Secretary Riley -- "Stand" -- Secretary Riley receives Freedom Writers' diary -- Candlelight vigil -- Departing D.C. -- Returning a family hero -- Jeremy Strohmeyer : murder -- David Cash -- Peace march for Sherrice Iverson -- Senior Class President -- Separation anxiety -- Staying together.
Senior year, fall 1997 -- VII. Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- Cheryl Best : inspiration -- "Eviction notice" -- Financial problems -- Illegal immigrant -- The first Latina Secretary of Education -- Pursuing filmmaking -- Road not taken : contemplating college -- Finding a mentor -- Being a mentor -- Los Angeles Times article -- A letter from prison -- Deadbeat dad -- Sorority hazing -- Fear of losing a father -- Death of a mother.
Senior year, spring 1998 -- VIII. Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- GUESS? Sponsorship -- Spirit of Anne Frank Award -- New York City roommates -- Celebrating Anne Frank -- Abuse of power -- Peter Maass : the role of a journalist -- Book agent -- Getting published -- Basketball playoffs : teamwork -- A lesson from Animal farm -- Attitude adjustment -- Introducing Senator Barbara Boxer -- Attention deficit disorder -- Homosexuality -- Prom queen -- "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire" -- Breaking the cycle -- Football all-American -- Baseball dilemma -- A college acceptance -- Fear of abandonment -- Teenage pregnancy -- Southwest Airlines -- Computers for college! -- The giving tree : crackhead parents -- Graduation class speaker -- From drugs to honors -- Overcoming the odds -- Graduation!
Summary, etc.: 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 ... With powerful entries from the students' own diaries and a narrative text by [her, this book] is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students.-Back cover.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 October 1999
    This collective journal brings together the work of a group of students, the Freedom Writers, from an English class taught by Gruwell at an "at risk" public high school. Inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary, the students recorded their responses to a world dominated by abuse, drugs, crime, homelessness, and racism. Taken together, the nearly 150 entries (all anonymous but many with an oddly similar writing style) tell a moving coming-of-age story in which the authors gradually become their own heroes. In addition to chronicling this remarkable personal metamorphosis, the book demonstrates Gruwell's profound effect on her students. Not only does she radiate optimism and enthusiasm, she also shows a flair for making things happen: arranging meetings for her class with Miep Gies and Zlata; attracting coverage on Prime Time Live and in People magazine (details, unfortunately, are vague on how she managed all this). Inspiring proof of the aphorism that teachers do make a difference. ((Reviewed October 15, 1999)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

Author Notes

ERIN GRUWELL, the Freedom Writers, and her nonprofit organization have received many awards,  including the prestigious Spirit of Anne Frank Award, and have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Prime Time Live, Good Morning America, and The View, to name a few. All 150 Freedom Writers went on to graduate from Wilson High. She lives in Long Beach, California.

Subject: Teenagers > United States > Diaries.
Toleration > United States.
United States.
Genre: Diaries.
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