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 The Freedom Writers
ISBN-10 038549422X
ISBN-13 9780385494229
Year 1999-10-12
Pages 292
Language English
Publisher Broadway Books
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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREStraight 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 Holocaustonly to be met by uncomprehending looks So she and her students using the treasured books Anne Frank The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlatas Diary A Childs 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 Gruwells students were the real heroes Their efforts have paid off spectacularly both in terms of recognitionappearances on Prime Time Live and All Things Considered coverage in People magazine a meeting with U S Secretary of Education Richard Rileyand 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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