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The Freedom Writers Diary
The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them | Freedom Writers, Erin Gruwell
A true account of a teacher who confronted a room of "at-risk" students details their life-changing journey and includes diary excerpts
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crhealey
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replaced some of the books I culled with new ones from the library book sale! #bookhaul #Iwasgoodipromise

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vnick0117
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Pickpick

I've seen a few reviews talking about how it's unrealistic for teachers to sacrifice so much of their personal lives the way Ms Gruwell did. I think they missed the point of the book. It's not about her. It's about the students and all they overcame. A teacher gave her students a new perspective. In turn, the students became role models to their peers, to younger generations, to people near and far. I think the book is inspiring. :)

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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

This is a stunning book that offers small glimpses into the world of people who are often described disenfranchised by society at-large. These micro-biographies are uplifting, heartbreaking, and filled with the promise of lives to come. I thought it was amazing. Thanks @rather_be_reading for the great gift of this book!!

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Come-read-with-me
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“She came to America in search of the American dream. Immigrants, like my mom, came to this land looking for endless possibilities, but now those possibilities seem limited” (p. 22.)

Slajaunie Welcome to Litsy! 📖📚💚 6mo
Come-read-with-me @slajaunie Thanks 😀📚I‘m really enjoying it! 6mo
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AGO715
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I have watched The Freedom Writers movie so many times I‘ve lost count. It is one of my all time favorites. I‘ve wanted to read the book since I first saw it. Well, a few weeks ago I found it on ThriftBooks. I‘m so excited to finally start this book and compare it to the movie!

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 7mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 7mo
AGO715 @CrowCAH Thank You 7mo
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AGO715 @rretzler Thank You! 7mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 7mo
AGO715 @SW-T Thank You! 7mo
Chrissyreadit I love that movie! 7mo
Chrissyreadit Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
AGO715 @Chrissyreadit It‘s one of my favorite movies! Thank You! 7mo
Vedrana Hello😉 7mo
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Librarylady
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Tomorrow begins a new school year for me - my 21st in education. Excited to hear Manny Scott, one of the original Freedom Writers, speak at our opening ceremony. Starting this book tonight. How much can I get done by tomorrow morning?

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britt_brooke
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Thanks a bunch, Danielle! 💚 I‘ve never been to California, but hope to get out there with my husband for a kid-free trip in the next couple of years. 🤞🏻

I appreciate everything you chose for me. 🤗 I really love the inclusion of a California book list. Nice touch!

@readinginthedark & @MicrobeMom - Thanks for organizing this fun swap! 🌹 #HS #hometownswap

rather_be_reading yay!!! Im glad you loved everything! I hope you do get to come to Cali at least once. 🌞 1y
MicrobeMom Wow! Excellent package! Enjoy! 1y
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FantasyChick
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Ok @BookishTrish @tournevis @dixi_e I'm trying to be a little more...diverse I suppose...with my pick this time around but I need your help! I grabbed these books off my shelf and I'm ok with the book being a surprise but if there is anything pictured that you have read, might want to read or absolutely DO NOT want to read, please let me know so I can pick one to send 👍
#lmpbc

tournevis I've not read any of those. 2y
dixi_e Please not Heaven is for Real. I‘ve read it but it‘s also not something I enjoy (all religion no literature). 2y
dixi_e Never read Pyper despite always meaning to and I like Hosseini. (edited) 2y
BookishTrish I like the look of The Dante Club, and The Demonologist. I read the Hosseini when it first came out and have been meaning to reread it. 2y
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Jennick2004
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So good! Sad, inspiring, such an amazing message!

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Jennick2004
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So sad 😞

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Jennick2004
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Next up! I love books in this format so it should be a quick read for me!
#bookjar

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Joanne1
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May was a very poor reading month for me, thanks to a family holiday to Samoa and a general reading slump. I managed three books, the one tagged, plus The Dry and My Grandmother Sends her Regards and Apologies. All were good, none were amazing. I bailed on several as well. Hope June is better. The bookish photo is of Robert Louis Stevenson's Samoan house.

Cinfhen Nice photo...I've been wanting & waiting forever to read 3y
RachelO Samoa sounds amazing! Slow months are even more frustrating when the books are just OK, aren't they? 3y
Joanne1 @Cinfhen it's good but I thought overhyped. Having said that Harper really knows how create a landscape - it's like another character. 3y
Joanne1 @RachelO Samoa was completely amazing. But yes frustrating reading month, feels like a while since I read a really good book. 3y
Reviewsbylola A Samoan vacation soubds amazing! 3y
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readinginthedark
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Bailedbailed

I feel like a horrible person bailing on this book. I really want to hear about these kids--the intention of this collection of diaries is amazing. But it feels "fixed" (I think because the kids peer edited the diaries later, and editing for class isn't exactly the same as editing a nonfiction book). I have limited time with this copy since it's for a postal book club, but I plan to come back to it some day.

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Joanne1
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Two years ago when I was working on my thesis in education my supervisor mentioned the freedom writers to me after a conversation we had about a writing project my students were doing. I watched the film, loved it and immediately downloaded the book and promptly forgot about. I finally started it on a recent flight, it's incredible. There's something about reading the words of young people as they've written them that makes it so powerful. This is

Joanne1 how education should look. Tolerance, empathy and compassion should be at the centre point of the curriculum. Their legacy and that if their teacher is awe-inspiring. If I could teach based on these principles instead of test results I might be encouraged back into the classroom. 3y
readinginthedark I was thinking about bailing on this one. 😕But you've convinced me to keep trying! 3y
Joanne1 @readinginthedark I think a lot of people have issues with the diary entries being over edited or not written in the language that the students would have spoken in and so their 'voice' was missing and they all sounded similar. I didn't find this. 3y
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readinginthedark @Joanne1 That's the issue I've been having. 😕 I'm interested in their stories, but I'm getting the impression that they didn't just edit grammar but also content. Which is a great thing for an English class but not so much for this book, I don't think. I'm going to keep trying for at least 20-50 more pages and see what happens. 3y
Joanne1 @readinginthedark I think you'll find that continues. They do go into the editing process a bit (editing each other's entries) in some of the later entries. Given I taught high school English for a decade, until recently, my heart was warmed by the fact that they actually edited and reworked their writing. I could never get my students to do that well. I also loved the focus on tolerance that drove the curriculum. 3y
readinginthedark @Joanne1 Oh definitely, I see what you mean. And their stories are really fascinating! Maybe it's just my current mood--not as motivated by intention. 3y
Joanne1 @readinginthedark yes that's exactly it, I loved the intention. 3y
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readinginthedark
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I didn't get any reading done today, since we were looking at more houses (and found the one for us, I hope!). But tonight I might break out the next book for my #beforetheyweremovies postal book club! I saw the movie a long time ago. Have any of you read this? #bookmail

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SonyaBeatty
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I watched the movie years before reading this book. I really enjoyed them both.

#aprilbookshowers Day 21: #subtitles

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Alma
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I watched the movie long time ago and couldn't get this amazing teacher out of my mind: Erin Gruwell. Devoted to the point of sacrifice, she helped her students and made them believe in their dreams and future. #octphotochallenge #girlcrush

Readingrobin The film made the book popular when it was out. 3y
Alma @Readingrobin That's true, in a way the movie can serve well the book. But the book is always better 😊 3y
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jdtchicago

It would be easy to become a victim of our circumstances and continue feeling sad, scared or angry; or instead, we could choose to deal with injustice humanely and break the chains of negative thoughts and energies, and not let ourselves sink into it.

mjdowens Thank you. This is a quote that could not come at a better time for me right now. 3y
jdtchicago Glad I could help. 3y
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SoniaC
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My #wcw is Erin Gruwell who as a young teacher defied convention and dared to show a group of at risk kids they are worth caring about and gave them the power of writing.

BookishFeminist Never heard of this book or her before but will be checking it out now!! Thanks for the great rec 😊 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa This one is siting on my bookshelf waiting to be read! 4y
SoniaC @BookishFeminist @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it is such an inspirational story. I loved it. It is directly from the kids journals and very powerful. 4y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @SoniaC That's excellent to know. I always like to hear that my random pick ups at the library book sale were good ones! 4y
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MandaRie
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Pickpick

A great book, but some of it seemed hard to believe. Some of it was just unbelievable (fluffed) while other stories were just too shocking. Worth the read. Ms. G seemed to give herself a savior complex as the book went on. I think I'll check out the movie now.
4/5
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MandaRie
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Every heard of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants? Yeah, we do that ... But with books.

Coleen I love this! 4y
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MandaRie
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Here's to a strong introduction.

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DKHandley
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Currently reading this before starting work in the English department at a school next week. Not sure about it. The voices seem to have been too heavily edited and the timeline isn't clear.