Freedom Writers Essay

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The Freedom Writers Diary The story began with scenes from the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the main events shown, take place between 1993-1996. Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank), a new, excited school teacher leaves the safety of her hometown, Newport Beach, to teach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, which was previously known as a high achieving school which has recently put an integration plan in place. Her enthusiasm is rapidly challenged when she realizes that within her class are all "at-risk" high school students, also known as "unteachables", and not the eager-for-college students she was expecting. The high school students, separated themselves into racial groups in the classroom, gang fights break out, and eventually most of the high school students stop attending class. At that stage Gruwell meets opposition from her high school students, as well as she has a difficult time with her department head, who refuses to let her teach her high school students with books in case they get damaged and lost, and instead tells her to focus on training their discipline and obedience. One night, two high school students, Eva (April Lee Hernández), a Mexican-American girl and narrator for much of the film, and a Cambodian refugee, Sindy (Jaclyn Ngan), visit the same convenience store. Another student, Grant Rice (Armand Jones) is frustrated at losing an arcade game and demands a refund from the storeowner. When he storms out, Eva's boyfriend Paco attempts a drive-by shooting, intending to kill Grant but misses, accidentally killing Sindy's boyfriend. As a witness, Eva must testify at court; she intends to guard "her own" in her testimony. At school, Gruwell intercepts a racist drawing by one of her high school students and utilizes it to teach them about the Holocaust. She gradually begins to earn their trust and buys them composition books to record their

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