- Paperback: 292 pages
- Publisher: BroadwayBooks,2006 (January 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001IAJ8MW
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (473 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Freedom Writers Diary Paperback – January 1, 2006
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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.
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“The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them” is about Erin Gruwell and her experience as a... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
brought the book for my daughter to read she only just started it but finds it very good.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed it . Similar to the movie but very different. I`m glad to read it . It cleared up questions that weren't answered. Read morePublished 1 month ago by debra b.