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Author: Erin Gruwell; Freedom Writers.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, ©1999.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Erin Gruwell; Freedom Writers.
ISBN: 038549422X 9780385494229
OCLC Number: 41256386
Description: xvii, 280 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: 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!
Responsibility: the Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell ; foreword by Zlata Filipovic.
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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.

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