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Transcript of Freedom Writers
Senior Project Portfolio
By: Shannon Miller
Hello , my name is Shannon Miller. I am a senior at Ezekiel Ezra Senior Smith High School. When I first came to E.E Smith I loved the environment and the love you get from the faculty and staff and also your fellow classmates. I am proud to be a Golden Bull. I have two siblings who are both older than me , plus I'm the only girl . I was born in New York City and I am half Jamaican. I'm a Virgo, birthday is celebrated on August 28th . I am 17 years of age. I love to travel , dance and experience new things. After I graduate high school I plan to take a semester off then attend Fayetteville Technical Community College (FTCC) for a little while and later on transfer to a college in N.Y.C to fulfill my dreams of becoming a succesful Busniness Administrator.
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. So she and her students , using the treasured book Anne Frank :
The Diary Of a Young Girl
as thier guides , life - changing , eye -opening , spirit - raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. The students learned to see how much the book could relate to their lives , and decided to make a change for the better, they wanted to be heard.
The "Freedom Writers" was written in 2007. The reason as to why this book is important is because it tells a story of Black , Asian , and Latino gang affiliated teenagers that have to live with the everyday struggle of wondering if their going to live to see another day, fighting a war on the street. They just wanted to be respected and Mrs. Gruwell gave them the opportunity for that. For the first time these teens experience a hope that maybe they might show the world that their lives matter and they have something to say.
The time period my book was established in was in post modernism time. The book Freedom Writers was written in 1999 . Around that time it was about racism and different gangs about where you belong and where you're not welcomed to go. For example , in the movie " The Secret Life Of Bees" the white people and black people had to drink from different water fountains and go in separate doors to enter a movie theatre. If you weren't the same race you were not to be involved with somebody of another.
Type Of Conflict
The type of conflict represented in the book
is man vs man
The internal conflict being that Eva feels as if she has to protect her own being she was the only witness to the shooting , so she would simply say that she didn't see Paco shoot the boy and her word is the only evidence to find him guilty. The external conflict will be that Eva knows that Paco is guilty but she must protect him so that she wont be a disappointment to her father or her race (gang) . But Eva testifies against Paco and then later on confronted by her gang who says to her that " she's only alive because of her father" . Eva had a change of heart she felt it was time to do something right and break the horrible trend of protecting your own, wrong is wrong and right is right no matter what or who it is.
The reason I chose to do this product was because it's simple but yet very creative and original . I think my product would clarify whats going on in the story much better. Some people prefer visual arts then to just read a book with no pictures . Once they see and understand the skit that I prepared they would see what the story meant, if they couldn't fully understand what was going on by just reading the story itself.
Transition To A Product
A brief description about my product would be a creative little skit between me and a classmate. The skit will basically show how people of different races acted towards one another . People were really "ugly" towards people they didnt like , they would either call them out their name or threaten them. Since Mrs. Gruwell came to Wilson High School she made students have a different outlook on life. She convinced her students that it is ok to speak to someone whom is not of the same color as you.
Wrap - Up
Something I learned from doing the senior project on the book Freedon Writers is that violence never solves anything. It's okay to talk to other people thats not the same race as you . As Martin Luther King Jr. Said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” With that being said it means that if we continue to sit back and not speak up about the bad things then nothing will change, it will only get worse. Let your voice be heard in a positive way , dont be selfish and only care about yourself , make an impact on others' life.
My product is a creative skit I put together with a classmate. The skit will emphasize how the kids were living their lives in Longbeach , California. Fighting almost everyday with people you dont even know , you just know they were not the same color as you. The second part of my skit will show that someone has to step up and be the bigger person. Meaning maybe a white person will walk up to a black person and have a decent conversation with them, no matter the color of their skin.