Starring Hilary Swank in a lead role, the movie takes up a subject that is at the heart of American culture, namely the economics of race and gender. On a cursory viewing the story looks deceptively simple. But when the storyline, screenplay and other nuances in the film are observed, numerous interpretations are made available. Embedded within it are themes of economics, especially that applying to race and gender.
Wednesday, 24 October Freedom Writers When I was finishing high school our class read the book Freedom Writers, I fell in love with this book the first time I read it. It's so inspiring and it's amazing to think a teacher actually helped her students in this way.
We watched the movie in our Culture and Diversity class last week because it tights so well into what we are learning. Our teacher outlined some questions to get our minds thinking and I think they fit well with what we are learning so I am going to use them in my blog.
How did Erin help her students to start to understand each others' realities? Erin thought it would be a good idea to pay what Freedom writers diversity calls "The Line Game".
The game consists of Erin taking red tape, and making a line down the centre of the room. Erin then proceeds in asking questions to the students and asks the students to stand on the line when the question relates to them.
She begins with asking simple questions such as who has the new snoop dogg cd, and moving to harder questions like who has lost someone they love to gang violence.
This has the students facing each other and realizes the similarities in their lives. How did Erin address issues of racism? A picture is sent around the classroom. One of the students drew this picture depicting another student in a racial way.
Erin grabs the picture and is very offended by the depiction, she confronts the class right away and asks them what is this.
She asks the class if it would be funny if it were them but they seem not to care. Erin begins to talk about the Holocaust and how their were pictures in the newspaper, on buildings, of Jewish people being displayed as ugly, scary people with big noses.
She continues to explain the connections between the Nazis racism and their own racism today. As she explains more and more connections one of the students finally ask what is the Holocaust. At the end of the tour they find out if that person lived or died.
It was a real eye opener for the students. This helped make the connections between something as big as the Holocaust and still relate to what they that a harmless joke. What stood out to you most about Erin Gruwell's approach with the students in her class?These factors are fundamental to the characters in the film.
Freedom Writers is a film released in , written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, and is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary () by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell. Freedom Writers is a film released in , written and directed by Richard LaGravenese, and is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary () by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell.
The film tells the real-life story of novice teacher, Erin Gruwell, a white, educated female, who is given the task of teaching first year students at Woodrow .
Freedom Writers Diary Movie Questions 1.
Eva’s view of herself and her people is that their nationality is competing with other races because of the discrimination. Eva’s view of herself and her people is that their nationality is competing with other races because of the discrimination.
The Freedom Writers Methodology. During Freedom Writer Teachers Institutes, participants are trained to implement the Freedom Writers Methodology which is a proven teaching technique and curriculum designed to improve student engagement and help educators create classroom cultures that celebrate diversity and promote acceptance.
In Defense of the 'Freedom Writers' Erin Gruwell. Sep 25, The teacher who inspired the Hilary Swank film still believes memoir writing is the best way to reach struggling students. This week in my Cultural Issues and Diversity class we watched the movie "Freedom Writers".
I had never seen this movie before, and I found it very interesting because of the content relating to privilege and culture. The story is about a high school that is very separated because of gang violence.