Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them

Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them

by The Freedom Writers
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ISBN-10:
0767924908
ISBN-13:
2900767924909
Pub. Date:
12/12/2006
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
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The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 313 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this movie and book I didn't think it would be nice but now I'm glad that I saw it because it has touched me alot. You would never know what it feels like to be in their position unless you have been through it. You know how they say you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. I did and I ended up to be so wrong, that is one of the best movies i have ever watched and it taught me a life lesson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel as though this novel was phenomenal! It had everything a reader could ask for, strength, courage, and perseverance. This compelling story touched my heart in such a way that has changed the way I now think. Writing isn't just to record documentation but also to record the story of your life and soon people and you will begin to see the change in your daily life. All it took was the dedication of one teacher to inspire a group of students to do the same. At first the group were a disruptive, obnoxious group, now a group turned into passionate, ambitious students. This group put their hearts and entire trust into one teacher to change their lives forever. Their determination helped them accomplish the greatest achievements and allowed them to aspire to their greatest dreams. I feel if one person could change the attitude of several students, I could do the same. We can make a difference in the world and more important in someone's life, only if we try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I actually saw the movie first and was so inspired and intrigued that I logged onto barnesandnoble.com to buy the book that day. I must say I am not disappointed. The book, very much like the movie, brings the reader closer to the real-life characters that the Freedom Writers were. An expolration that delves into many different life situations, this book is an eye-opener that truly brings to life the spirit of the Freedom Writers and their teacher, Erin Gruwell.
Maggie89 More than 1 year ago
The Freedom Writers Diary was a very good book. I enjoyed reading about their experiences through the different viewpoints of the student and what they thought about what they are learning. I also like how Ms. G was able to get her kids interested in learning, instead of beating each other up, and showing them that even though they are different form each other, that they all have the same things in common. This book helped me to see a different way of teaching students, which will help me because I wish to become a teacher. Thank you Freedom Writers and Erin Gruwell for sharing your story with us.
great_achiever_2008 More than 1 year ago
The The Freedom Writers Diary is an interesting book that probably many teenagers can relate to with their life experiences. This book was published in 2006 and was a number one New York Times bestseller. This story is about an ideal teacher who strives hard to help her students. Erin Gruwell lived in long beach California for most of her life with her father. When she decided to become a teacher, her father was very excited but didn¿t think that she was able to pursue a dream of teaching children in the disturbed community of Los Angeles. Ms Gruwell moved to Newport Beach to follow her dream of changing the lives of troubled teens. Once she settled herself in class, one student stood out to her when he drew a racial caricature on a sheet of paper. Gruwell wanted to change the image of these students because she saw potential in all of these children and the mentality that most of them had was violent. She was determined to prove society wrong because these children are history and they have something to prove. Gruwell used writing as one of her strategies to change their lives. This book was an inspiration to young girls and boys who think that they can¿t change the world around because of their circumstances or position.This book tellsus that life isn¿t about money or any fortunate life style but it¿s about accomplishments.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Freedom Writers By The Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell, Zlata Filipovic is a good book. It's about an english teacher who really gets involved with her students. She gives the students the space and freedom to write about things that heppened to them in their life, and also let's them explain how they feel about the things that happened.She also design assignments that the students can relate to or provide help and advise to ways to deal with the obstacles that they are faced with on a daily basis. The book is a collection of diary entries by different students with different experiences; also the teacher Ms. Gruwell added in a few entries.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great for a look into how teenagers in a tough neighborhood really view the world. They don't. The world, to them, is their tiny community. They can't get out and grow or learn if they are fighting for their basic needs to be met at home. Some of them fight alone, some have the support of friends or a gang, a few have parental support and a finite lucky few had the opportunity to break that cycle because they had Erin Gruwell show them that they could find support beyond race, they could travel beyond the projects and could reach new potentials that they had lost hope for long ago. They could make a difference. And they did.

(It's a fast read, easy to pick up and put down because of the diary entries. I learned a lot, had my eyes opened, teared up, smiled, and laughed out loud. I highly recommend this book).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It makes anyone who reads this feel as if they are guilty because of what the charcters faced in this book. Its very sad story but its worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was based on a true story an how a teacher inspire 150 students to overcome troubled teens to succeed in their life. I think that this book was great. Which I think any high schools students can relate to this book because it's life-changing,uplifting, an eye-opening, spirit-rising method against intolerance and misunderstood challenges.Also I would recommend this book to anyone who had a tough time growing up to become a successful adult.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book for a few reasons. I had watched the movie a few times loved it every time. The movie only goes through freshman and sophomore years and the book goes freshman through senior years so I wanted to read it and hear the rest of their stories.
This book is such an inspiration. These are the diaries of 150 students compiled into one book. Ms. Gruwell fought to help her, so called, "reject" class. Being a first year teacher at Wilson High she doesn't get the respect of her fellow teachers, the choice of which class she gets or books for her class. She get's two extra jobs to help pay for the brand new books she get's for her students.
She has this idea to change their lives. Every student gets a notebook to write down all of their experiences in them, to express their feelings. She takes them on field trips to help them learnt and they raise money to bring in special guests.
This book is an inspiration because it shows that one teacher can change the lives of 150 students. This book is the students stories, their undeclared war.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it is about true experiences of teenagers that really went through the situations they talk about. It is a collection of diaries the students wrote for themselves and for their teacher. This was a very special teacher who made a difference in their lives. She made them write about their experiences so they could express their feelings. It is incredible that real people actually live like this. And it is even more incredible how with some love and understanding one single teacher could change their lives so much. The book exists because she decided to publish their stories, and a movie producer even made a film about it. Normally I can identify with a character in a book, but here I could not identify with anybody, simply because they all have such hard lives. I was especially touched by the diary of this guy who is dyslexic. His mom did everything she could for him, and sent him to a special school where they taught him to read and write properly, but he had to leave and enter a regular school where he had the good luck of ending in this very special teacher´s class. She made a big difference in their future. But I won´t say anymore. If you want to find out what happened to him and his classmates by the end of high school, you must read the book. I can only say that this book has made me realize I have a really good life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book with such amazing TRUE stories of kids who are no more than preteens. I was so inspired after reading this that I started my own diary! The movie is also great if you loved the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People think all these kids are trouble But they're not they have a hard life and nobody understands This movie/book lets every body know what they went through READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have watched the movie plenty of times, so i want to read the book finally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was so touching. I thought i would hate it, but i was VERY wrong. I didnt leave my seat the entire time. I heard about the book, and plan on reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie was great should I read the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have seen the movie and now read the book and both have been really good. It is sad what the children go through but this book helps you see the truth behind these children.
AlainaBrown More than 1 year ago
I'd recommend this book to everyone! It's so emotional and raw. It gives you great insight to 140+ Freedom Writers as well as famous people in history. Their journey is truly heart wrenching and worth the time. I learned a lot from this book; too much to put into words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite movies and books. A beautiful,heartbreaking and true story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u do not like the book then u need to see the moive this book is talking about what kids are going thourght now in this generation. people never ask kid why do they act out theres a reason . This techer in this book does not give up on her students she does not judge them because o f there pass are of the color of their skin she stands tall.with pride.with hope. So before any of dare to judge a kid or kids ask them what going in before jumping unto things. And yes i am 16 years old but i know what am talking about.i bet half the people that judge kids just judge the why the look os dress but dont have the guts to ask them whats wrong. Or why are u doing that so untill u ask 1000000 kids whats going in the then u come and say i dony like this book are moive. This why so many young kids are dieing and killing them selfs now because no one ask them whats wrong before they reach the end of there rope.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
readerpersonSR More than 1 year ago
I slugged my way to the halfway point, and realized all the kids sound like the same person was writing the letters. All the grammar was cleaned up, the spelling was good. Sorry...I want the original feel of this telling assignment. Its books like this that make me think anyone could write a book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you read the book watch the movie it is not the same connection but it still is grate movie and book Buy it Read it Rate it 5 stars Share it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago