- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Paperback (November 12, 1999)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004R5Z55E
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (446 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,500,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By The Freedom Writers: The Freedom Writers Diary : How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them Unknown Binding – November 12, 1999
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The book works because it is real. Erin Gruell's teaching worked because she allowed the students to be real, to be honest, and to be themselves. If anything, the movie downplayed Erin Gruell's accomplishments. From the book, one learns that she started her efforts to reach out to the students, including working a second job, when she was still a student teacher, a time during which most teachers, even in "safe" suburban schools, are just trying to survive day to day. The book also points out that there were 150 "freedom writers" in five classes, not the one small class shown in the movie.
I have been teaching at the high school and college level for ten years. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is honestly interested in making education a more meaningful experience for the students. It's true that parts of the students' lives are not pretty. But that is exactly the point.
The book is divided into a variety of topics where the students reflect on the assigned readings and make connections to their current realities. The parallels are often heart-wrenching and painful. These are their stories...
The Freedom Writers were students who were labelled as at-risk and unteachable until one remarkable person, Erin Gruwell entered their lives. Gruwell rejected the labels and saw the pontential that all young people possess, a lesson for us all.
The back cover of the book says it the best, through the use of literature and Erin Gruwell as the guide, the Freedom Writers, "undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding."
Highly recommended, read this and you will surely expand your awareness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
careful where you read it, an emotional trip on each diary entry. Inspirational if the worlds teachers were all half as good. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Clive Stamp
The Freedom Writers' Diary is a collection of real-life diary entries from students of Wilson High School about their various experiences dealing with hardships, and adversities. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Jes Jones
Thus a true story written by the on and only amazing teacher that change kid's lives. Erin Gruwell is the teacher who's the best!Published 1 month ago by clint
The book came in perfect condition and I can't wait to start reading. Great price!Published 1 month ago by Kate MacLean