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Freedom Writers Theme

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Becky Wise

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Transcript of Freedom Writers Theme

Becky Wise
Mr. Reynolds
1/2/13 Overcoming Adversity "You are heroes everyday" Miep Gies didn't think of herself as a hero, mainly because she did what she thought was right to do, and risked her life to protect a family. She explains that the students trying to stop violence in their home life and improve their futures doesn't compare to her hiding a family in her house. Transition from Freshman
to Senior year In the beginning of freshman year, all of the students were classified as "at risk", only sat with members of their own group, and were resistant to learn. But by the end of senior year, the students had become much more mature, no longer fought with one another, had integrated together in the classroom, and had a new outlook on the world and their futures. Class books relating to
student's lives In an attempt to engage her students, Ms. Gruwell decided to have her class read books (like Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, Night, and The Wave) that the students could relate to. The themes in the books she chose gave her students themes to look at that mirrored their lives; tolerance toward others, the struggle for survival, and peer pressure are all themes that the students were reading about, which served as a coping mechanism to learn that they were not alone in the hardships they were facing. Eva and Anne Frank As Eva finished the book, she found herself mad because, "As she was dying, part of me was dying with her" (Diary #36). She knew exactly what Anne was going through. The discrimination and killing were things that she dealt with daily, and was able to fully understand the story because of how much she could relate with Anne Frank. To Kill a Mockingbird In Harper Lee's novel, Atticus Finch defends Tom Robinson in court in the controversial trial dealing with the rape of Mayella Ewell. Because Tom was black, the odds were not in his favor to begin with, however Atticus went forward with the trial to try his best to prove him innocent. Although Tom was found guilty, Atticus felt it was his job to defend him and fight for what was right.
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