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Freedom Writers Diary
Transcript of Freedom Writers Diary
Caucasian Connection to World On March 11, 2008, an English teacher at Perry Meridian High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, Connie Heerman, was suspended for a year and a half without pay for using the Freedom Writers Diary in her classroom against the wishes of the school board. Administrators objected to racial slurs and sexual content in portions of the book. Heerman had received permission the previous year to attend a workshop based on the books and obtained permission slips from the parents involved. The school board contends that Heermen did not properly follow the rules to receive permission to use the book. Erin Gruwell commented on the controversy, saying, "The best way to get a teenager to read a book is to ban it. When someone who is a daunting authority figure says, 'Give us your book', I think these students thought, 'There must be something powerful in these words'. " Connection to Other Text By:Navneet Dhami,Carson Miller,Daanis Teeple-Bailey, Lillian Kinker, and Sarah Reynolds Freedom Writers Diary Basic Information: Mrs. Erin Gruwell: Author: The Freedom Writers
and Erin Gruwell Theme/Message:
No matter where you come
from , you can always
get an education
and you can always
stand for what you
believe in. Key Characters:
Jamal and Rosa. These characters are important becase they were the ones who told their stories and modeled the times they had been through. Line Game There is one song that is close to the book. The kids in the book are knowing that someone will get shot and killed. The song that is related to this is "Dead and Gone" by T.I. ft. Justin Timberlake. There's also many songs by Eminem that describe being poor. He raps about the hood. Connection To Self Erin Gruwell There are many things that people can connect to the students of Wilson high school like having divorced parents, family members dying from violence. being a victim of domestic violence, child abuse, and being treated difference becouse of your race, gender, and religion. The Line Game The Freedom Writers Diary was about being able to express your feelings. In the notebook we will be providing, we ask you to write about an experience that changed you as a person or affected your life. Summary:
Mrs. Gruwell and 150 teens in Long Beach, Florida take a journey through feelings, experiences, and most importantly, writing. With Mrs. Gruwell's help, the students transfer from gang fights and guns to writing and reading. 1) Have your parents been divorced?
2) Have you ever had to relocate/move?
3) Have you ever been severely bullied?
4) Has your friend ever have to move away?
5) Have you ever been through drama/stress?