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

Erin Gruwell

Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students. 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 books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the "Freedom Writers" in homage to the civil rights activists "The Freedom Riders." With funds raised by a "Read-a-thon for Tolerance," they arranged for Miep Gies, the courageous Dutch woman who sheltered the Frank family, to visit them in California, where she declared that Erin Gruwell's students were "the real heroes." Their efforts have paid off spectacularly, both in terms of recognition-appearances on "Prime Time Live" and "All Things Considered," coverage in People magazine, a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley-and educationally. All 150 Freedom Writers have graduated from high school and are now attending college. With powerful entries from the students' own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students. Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers. The authors' proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organiz

Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students. 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 books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the "Freedom Writers" in homage to the civil rights activists "The Freedom Riders." With funds raised by a "Read-a-thon for Tolerance," they arranged for Miep Gies, the courageous Dutch woman who sheltered the Frank family, to visit them in California, where she declared that Erin Gruwell's students were "the real heroes." Their efforts have paid off spectacularly, both in terms of recognition-appearances on "Prime Time Live" and "All Things Considered," coverage in People magazine, a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley-and educationally. All 150 Freedom Writers have graduated from high school and are now attending college. With powerful entries from the students' own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students. Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers. The authors' proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organiz
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Straight from the front line of urban America, the inspiring story of one fiercely determined teacher and her remarkable students. 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 books Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevo as their guides, undertook a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against intolerance and misunderstanding. They learned to see the parallels in these books to their own lives, recording their thoughts and feelings in diaries and dubbing themselves the "Freedom Writers" in homage to the civil rights activists "The Freedom Riders." With funds raised by a "Read-a-thon for Tolerance," they arranged for Miep Gies, the courageous Dutch woman who sheltered the Frank family, to visit them in California, where she declared that Erin Gruwell's students were "the real heroes." Their efforts have paid off spectacularly, both in terms of recognition-appearances on "Prime Time Live" and "All Things Considered," coverage in People magazine, a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley-and educationally. All 150 Freedom Writers have graduated from high school and are now attending college. With powerful entries from the students' own diaries and a narrative text by Erin Gruwell, The Freedom Writers Diary is an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students. Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers. The authors' proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organiz

Language:

English

Narrators:

The Freedom Writers, Various

Length:

9h 38m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:20


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:11


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:33


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

00:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:41


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

02:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:35


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

01:58


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

02:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

01:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:35


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:56


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

01:37


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:12


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:19


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:14


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

01:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:50


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:01


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

01:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:06


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:36


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:14


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:10


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

02:41


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:18


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

01:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

01:58


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:18


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:47


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:56


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:18


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:58


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:05


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:52


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

02:33


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:10


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:32


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:39


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:48


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:32


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:11


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

02:29


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:37


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:45


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:33


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:21


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:13


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:38


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:10


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:48


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

02:27


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:01


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:42


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:56


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

01:33


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

01:12


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

02:48


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

02:36


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:39


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:22


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

00:57


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

02:01


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:26


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:18


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

01:35


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

01:47


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

02:34


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:36


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:36


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:12


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:02


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:17


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:56


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:07


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:31


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:19


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:34


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

02:04


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:27


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:34


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

02:36


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:58


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:04


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:26


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

02:52


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:58


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:18


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:52


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

01:44


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:15


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:09


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:17


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

01:51


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

02:43


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

03:57


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:49


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:21


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:43


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

01:43


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:56


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

03:38


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:37


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:50


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

02:09


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:15


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:59


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

01:18


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

02:07


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:45


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

02:29


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:55


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

02:59


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:22


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

02:16


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:29


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

03:38


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

03:38


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:51


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

02:06


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

03:07


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

03:15


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:03


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

02:58


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

02:23


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

03:50


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

02:42


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

05:42


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:17


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:05


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

02:49


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:32


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:39


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

02:59


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

00:16