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The Freedom Writers diary : how a teacher and 150 teens used writing to change themselves and the world around them /
the Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell ; foreword by Zlata Filipovic.
edition
10th anniversary ed.
imprint
New York : Broadway Books, 2009.
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xvii, 314 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.
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038549422X (pbk.), 9780385494229 (pbk.)
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New York : Broadway Books, 2009.
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038549422X (pbk.)
9780385494229 (pbk.)
contents note
Foreword / Zlata Filipovic -- Freshman Year-Fall 1994 -- Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- First day of school -- Racial segregation at school -- Getting "jumped" -- Race riot on campus -- Buying a gun -- Death of a friend -- Gang initiation -- Rushing a sorority -- Tagging -- Proposition 187: discrimination -- Dyslexia -- Juvenile hall -- Projects -- Russian roulette -- Freshman Year- Spring 1995 -- Ms Gruwell's diary entry -- Romeo and Juliet: gang rivalry -- Teenage love and running away -- Coping with weight -- Learning about diversity -- Oklahoma bombing -- Farewell to Manzanar: Japanese internment camps -- Overcoming adversity panel -- John Tu: father figure vs absent father -- Freshman turnaround -- Sophomore Year-Fall 1995 -- Ms Gruwell's diary entry -- Homelessness -- Cystic fibrosis -- Shyness -- Twelve angry men -- Honors English -- Medieval Times -- Lesson on tolerance -- Toast for change -- Change for the better -- Testifying in murder case -- Teenage alcoholism -- Shoplifting -- Anne Frank's diary -- Teen diarists -- Zlata's diary, Bosnia vs. LA riots -- Peter Maass: article on Bosnia -- Zlata -- Sophomore Year-Spring 1996 -- Letter to Zlata -- Ms Gruwell's diary entry -- Meeting a Holocaust survivor -- Woman who sheltered Anne Frank's family -- Moment -- Zlata accepts our invitation -- Dinner with Zlata -- Diverse friendships -- I am a human being -- Terrorism -- Day of tolerance: a field trip -- Doing speed -- Basketball for Bosnia: weight -- Zlata's letter -- Divorce -- Friends join class -- Letter from Miep -- Junior Year, Fall 1996 -- Ms Gruwell's diary entry -- Racist teacher -- Grandmother's death -- Race riot -- Grade accountability -- Suicide -- Running away -- Getting a job -- Misogyny -- Molestation -- Boyfriend abuse -- Domestic violence -- Child abuse -- Death of brother -- Junior Year-Spring 1997 -- Ms Gruwell's diary entry -- Anne Frank's friends visit -- Masking fears -- Living in the projects -- Dyslexia -- Letter from Miep -- Student editing -- Abortion -- Catalysts for change -- Freedom Riders -- American diary-voices from an undeclared war -- Fund-raiser concert -- Freedom writer poem -- Freedom writers unite -- Strict father -- Arlington Cemetery -- Lincoln Memorial: Freedom Writers have a dream -- Covering up the swastika -- Hate crimes -- Holocaust Museum -- Dr. Mengele's experiment with twins -- Dinner with Secretary Riley -- Stand -- Secretary Riley receives Freedom Writers' diary -- Candlelight vigil -- Departing DC -- Returning a family hero -- Jeremy Strohmeyer: murder -- David Cash -- Peace march for Sherrice Iverson -- Senior Class President -- Separation anxiety -- Staying together -- Senior Year- Fall 1997 -- Ms. Gruwell's diary entry -- Cheryl Best: inspiration -- Eviction notice -- Financial problems -- Illegal immigrant -- First Latina Secretary of Education -- Pursuing filmmaking -- Road not taken: contemplating college -- Finding a mentor -- Being a mentor -- Los Angeles Times article -- Letter from prison -- Deadbeat dad -- Sorority hazing -- Fear of losing a father -- Death of a mother -- Senior Year- Spring 1998 -- Ms Gruwell's diary entry -- GUESS? Sponsorship -- Spirit of Anne Frank Award -- New York City roommates -- Celebrating Anne Frank -- Abuse of power -- Peter Maass: the role of a journalist -- Book agent -- Getting published -- Basketball playoffs: teamwork -- Lesson from Animal farm -- Attitude adjustment -- Introducing Senator Barbara Boxer -- Attention deficit disorder -- Homosexuality -- Prom queen -- Whoever saves one life saves the world entire -- Breaking the cycle -- Football all-American -- Baseball dilemma -- College acceptance -- Fear of abandonment -- Teenage pregnancy -- Southwest Airlines -- Computers for college! -- Giving tree: crackhead parents -- Graduation class speaker -- From drugs to honors -- Overcoming the odds -- Graduation! -- Epilogue -- Afterword -- New journal entries -- Acknowledgments.
general note
"With new journal entries and an afterword by Erin Gruwell" --Cover.
A previous edition of this book was published: Broadway Books, 1999.
abstract
Overview: 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 US 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. The authors' proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organization set up to pay for the Freedom Writers' college tuition. Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers.
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9973547
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Freshman Year Fall 1994 Entry 1 -- Ms. Gruwell Dear Diary, Tomorrow morning, my journey as an English teacher officially begins. Since first impressions are so important, I wonder what my students will think about me. Will they think I'm out of touch or too preppy? Or worse yet, that I'm too young to be taken seriously? Maybe I'll have them write a journal entry describing what their expectations are of me and the class. Even though I spent last year as a student teacher at Wilson High School, I'm still learning my way around the city. Long Beach is so different than the gated community I grew up in. Thanks to MTV dubbing Long Beach as the "gangsta-rap capital" with its depiction of guns and graffiti, my friends have a warped perception of the city, or L B C as the rappers refer to it. They think I should wear a bulletproof vest rather than pearls. Where I live in Newport Beach is a utopia compared to some of neighborhoods seen in a Snoop Doggy Dogg video. Still, TV tends to blow things out of proportion. The school is actually located in a safe neighborhood, just a few miles from the ocean. Its location and reputation make it desirable. So much so that a lot of the students that live in what they call the "'hood" take two or three buses just to get to school every day. Students come in from every corner of the city: Rich kids from the shore sit next to poor kids from the projects . . . there's every race, religion, and culture within the confines of the quad. But since the Rodney King riots, racial tension has spilled over into the school. Due to busing and an outbreak in gang activity, Wilson's traditional white, upper-class demographics have changed radically. African Americans, Latinos, and Asians now make up the majority of the student body. As a student teacher last year, I was pretty naive. I wanted to see past color and culture, but I was immediately confronted by it when the first bell rang and a student named Sharaud sauntered in bouncing a basketball. He was a junior, a disciplinary transfer from Wilson's crosstown rival, and his reputation preceded him. Word was that he had threatened his previous English teacher with a gun (which I later found out was only a plastic water gun, but it had all the makings of a dramatic showdown). In those first few minutes, he made it brutally clear that he hated Wilson, he hated English, and he hated me. His sole purpose was to make his "preppy" student teacher cry. Little did he know that within a month, he'd be the one crying. Sharaud became the butt of a bad joke. A classmate got tired of Sharaud's antics and drew a racial caricature of him with huge, exaggerated lips. As the drawing made its way around the class, the other students laughed hysterically. When Sharaud saw it, he looked as if he was going to cry. For the first time, his tough facade began to crack. When I got a hold of the picture, I went ballistic. "This is the type of propaganda that the Nazis used during the Holocaust," I yelled. When a student timidly asked me, "What's the Holocaust?" I was shocked. I asked, "How many of you have heard of the Holocaust?" Not a single person raised his hand. Then I asked, "How many of you have been shot at?" Nearly every hand went up. I immediately decided to throw out my meticulously planned lessons and make tolerance the core of my curriculum. From that moment on, I would try to bring history to life by using new books, inviting guest speakers, and going on field trips. Since I was just a student teacher, I had no budget for my schemes. So, I moonlighted as a concierge at the Marriott Hotel and sold lingerie at Nordstrom. My dad even asked me, "Why can't you just be a normal teacher?" Actually, normalcy didn't seem so bad after my first snafu. I took my students to see Schindler's List in Newport Beach, at a
First Chapter
Freshman Year

Fall 1994

Entry 1 -- Ms. Gruwell

Dear Diary, Tomorrow morning, my journey as an English teacher officially begins. Since first impressions are so important, I wonder what my students will think about me. Will they think I'm out of touch or too preppy? Or worse yet, that I'm too young to be taken seriously? Maybe I'll have them write a journal entry describing what their expectations are of me and the class.

Even though I spent last year as a student teacher at Wilson High School, I'm still learning my way around the city. Long Beach is so different than the gated community I grew up in. Thanks to MTV dubbing Long Beach as the "gangsta-rap capital" with its depiction of guns and graffiti, my friends have a warped perception of the city, or L B C as the rappers refer to it. They think I should wear a bulletproof vest rather than pearls. Where I live in Newport Beach is a utopia compared to some of neighborhoods seen in a Snoop Doggy Dogg video. Still, TV tends to blow things out of proportion.

The school is actually located in a safe neighborhood, just a few miles from the ocean. Its location and reputation make it desirable. So much so that a lot of the students that live in what they call the "'hood" take two or three buses just to get to school every day. Students come in from every corner of the city: Rich kids from the shore sit next to poor kids from the projects . . . there's every race, religion, and culture within the confines of the quad. But since the Rodney King riots, racial tension has spilled over into the school.

Due to busing and an outbreak in gang activity, Wilson's traditional white, upper-class demographics have changed radically. African Americans, Latinos, and Asians now make up the majority of the student body.

As a student teacher last year, I was pretty naive. I wanted to see past color and culture, but I was immediately confronted by it when the first bell rang and a student named Sharaud sauntered in bouncing a basketball. He was a junior, a disciplinary transfer from Wilson's crosstown rival, and his reputation preceded him. Word was that he had threatened his previous English teacher with a gun (which I later found out was only a plastic water gun, but it had all the makings of a dramatic showdown). In those first few minutes, he made it brutally clear that he hated Wilson, he hated English, and he hated me. His sole purpose was to make his "preppy" student teacher cry. Little did he know that within a month, he'd be the one crying.

Sharaud became the butt of a bad joke. A classmate got tired of Sharaud's antics and drew a racial caricature of him with huge, exaggerated lips. As the drawing made its way around the class, the other students laughed hysterically. When Sharaud saw it, he looked as if he was going to cry. For the first time, his tough facade began to crack.

When I got a hold of the picture, I went ballistic. "This is the type of propaganda that the Nazis used during the Holocaust," I yelled. When a student timidly asked me, "What's the Holocaust?" I was shocked.

I asked, "How many of you have heard of the Holocaust?" Not a single person raised his hand. Then I asked, "How many of you have been shot at?" Nearly every hand went up.

I immediately decided to throw out my meticulously planned lessons and make tolerance the core of my curriculum.

From that moment on, I would try to bring history to life by using new books, inviting guest speakers, and going on field trips. Since I was just a student teacher, I had no budget for my schemes. So, I moonlighted as a concierge at the Marriott Hotel and sold lingerie at Nordstrom. My dad even asked me, "Why can't you just be a normal teacher?"

Actually, normalcy didn't seem so bad after my first snafu. I took my students to see Schindler's List in Newport Beach, at a predominately white, upper-class theater. I was shocked to see women grab their pearls and clutch their purses in fear. A local paper ran a front-page article about the incident, describing how poorly my students were treated, after which I received death threats. One of my disgruntled neighbors had the audacity to say, "If you love black people so much, why don't you just marry a monkey?"

All this drama and I didn't even have my teaching credentials yet. Luckily, some of my professors from University of California-Irvine read the article and invited my class to a seminar by the author of Schindler's List, Thomas Keneally. Keneally was so impressed by my students that a few days later we got an invitation to meet Steven Spielberg at Universal Studios. I couldn't believe it! The famous director wanted to meet the class that I had dubbed "as colorful as a box of Crayola crayons" and their "rookie teacher who was causing waves." He marveled at how far these "unteachable" students had come as a junior class and what a close group they had become. He even asked Sharaud what "we" were planning to do next year as an encore. After all, if a film does well, you make a sequel--if a class surpasses everyone's expectations, you . . .

. . . dismantle it! Yep, that's exactly what happened. Upon my return from Universal, the head of the English department told me, "You're making us look bad." Talk about bursting my bubble! How was I making them look bad? After all, these were the same kids that "wouldn't last a month" or "were too stupid" to read advanced placement books.

She went on to say, "Things are based on seniority around here." So, in other words, I was lucky to have a job, and keeping Sharaud and his posse another year would be pushing the envelope. Instead, I'd be teaching freshmen--"at risk" freshmen. Hmm . . . not exactly the assignment I was hoping for.

So, starting tomorrow, it's back to the drawing board. But I'm convinced that if Sharaud could change, then anyone can. So basically, I should prepare myself for a roomful of Sharauds. If it took a month to win Sharaud over . . . I wonder how long it's gonna take a bunch of feisty fourteen-year-olds to come around?
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-10-01:
When Gruwell was a first-year high school teacher in Long Beach, CA, teaching the "unteachables" (kids that no other teacher wanted to deal with), she discovered that most of her students had not heard of the Holocaust. Shocked, she introduced them to books about toleranceÄfirst-person accounts by the likes of Anne Frank and Zlata Filopvic, who chronicled her life in war-torn Sarajevo. The students were inspired to start keeping diaries of their lives that showed the violence, homelessness, racism, illness, and abuse that surrounded them. These student diaries form the basis of this book, which is cut from the same mold as Dangerous Minds: the outsider teacher, who isn't supposed to last a month, comes in and rebuilds a class with tough love and hard work. Most readers will be proud to see how these students have succeeded; at the end of their four-year experience, the Freedom WritersÄas they called themselves, in honor of the Freedom Riders of the 1960sÄhad all graduated; Grunwell now works at the college level, instructing teachers on how to provide more interactive classes for their students. Recommended for youth, education, and urban studies collections.ÄDanna C. Bell-Russel, Lib. of Congress, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Ten years ago, 'The Freedom Writers Diary' was published and soon became an international sensation. Today, the incredible journey continues. This special anniversary edition features a new afterword from Erin Gruwell and ten new entries from Freedom Writers who have grown from troubled teens into productive adults.
Main Description
A previous edition of this book was published: Broadway Books, 1999.
Main Description
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 Holocaustonly to be met by uncomprehending looks. So she and her students, using the treasured booksAnne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlandZlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Sarajevoas 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 recognitionappearances on "Prime Time Live" and "All Things Considered," coverage inPeoplemagazine, a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Rileyand 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 Diaryis an uplifting, unforgettable example of how hard work, courage, and the spirit of determination changed the lives of a teacher and her students. The authors' proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organization set up to pay for the Freedom Writers' college tuition. Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers.
Main Description
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. The authors' proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organization set up to pay for the Freedom Writers' college tuition. Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers.
Main Description
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. The authors' proceeds from this book will be donated to The Tolerance Education Foundation, an organization set up to pay for the Freedom Writers' college tuition. Erin Gruwell is now a visiting professor at California State University, Long Beach, where some of her students are Freedom Writers.
Unpaid Annotation
In this inspiring book, Erin Gruwell and her "unteachable, at-risk" students set out on a life-changing, eye-opening, spirit-raising odyssey against ignorance, misunderstanding, and the negative forces in their own lives. Beginning with their study of The Diary of Anne Frank and the Holocaust, the Freedom Writers seek out heroes in the wider world. As their writing projects develop, the students strive to become their own heroes.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. xiii
Freshman Year--Fall 1994
Ms. Gruwell's Diary Entryp. 1
First day of schoolp. 6
Racial segregation at schoolp. 8
Getting "jumped"p. 9
Race riot on campusp. 11
Buying a gunp. 12
Death of a friendp. 14
Gang initiationp. 16
"Rushing" a sororityp. 17
Taggingp. 20
Proposition 187: Discriminationp. 22
Dyslexiap. 23
Juvenile hallp. 24
The projectsp. 26
Russian roulettep. 27
Freshman Year--Spring 1995
Ms. Gruwell's Diary Entryp. 30
Romeo and Juliet: Gang rivalryp. 33
Teenage love and running awayp. 34
Coping with weightp. 36
Learning about diversityp. 38
Oklahoma bombingp. 39
Farewell to Manzanar: Japanese internment campsp. 40
Overcoming adversity panelp. 41
John Tu: Father figure vs. absent fatherp. 43
Freshman turnaroundp. 45
Sophomore Year--Fall 1995
Ms. Gruwell's Diary Entryp. 47
Homelessnessp. 51
Cystic fibrosisp. 54
Shynessp. 55
Twelve Angry Menp. 55
Honors Englishp. 57
Medieval Timesp. 58
Lesson on tolerancep. 60
Toast for changep. 61
Change for the betterp. 63
Testifying in murder casep. 64
Teenage alcoholismp. 67
Shopliftingp. 68
Anne Frank's diaryp. 71
Teen diaristsp. 71
Zlata's Diary--Bosnia vs. L.A. riotsp. 73
Peter Maass: Article on Bosniap. 74
Zlatap. 76
Sophomore Year--Spring 1996
A Letter to Zlatap. 78
Ms. Gruwell's Diary Entryp. 79
Meeting a Holocaust survivorp. 84
The woman who sheltered Anne Frank's familyp. 85
"Moment"p. 87
Zlata accepts our invitationp. 89
Dinner with Zlatap. 90
Diverse friendshipsp. 91
"I am a human being"p. 92
Terrorismp. 94
Day of tolerance: A field tripp. 96
Doing speedp. 98
Basketball for Bosnia: Weightp. 101
Zlata's Letterp. 103
Divorcep. 104
Friends join classp. 106
Letter from Miepp. 107
Junior Year--Fall 1996
Ms. Gruwell's Diary Entryp. 108
Racist teacherp. 112
A grandmother's deathp. 114
Race riotp. 117
Grade accountabilityp. 119
Suicidep. 120
Running awayp. 121
Getting a jobp. 123
Misogynyp. 125
Molestationp. 126
Boyfriend abusep. 129
Domestic violencep. 131
Child abusep. 133
Death of brotherp. 136
Junior Year--Spring 1997
Ms. Gruwell's Diary Entryp. 139
Anne Frank's friends visitp. 142
Masking fearsp. 143
Living in the projectsp. 144
Dyslexiap. 147
Letter from Miepp. 148
Student editingp. 150
Abortionp. 151
Catalysts for changep. 152
Freedom Ridersp. 154
An American Diary . . . Voices from an Undeclared Warp. 156
Fund-raiser concertp. 158
Freedom Writer poemp. 159
Freedom Writers unitep. 160
Strict fatherp. 162
Arlington Cemeteryp. 164
Lincoln Memorial: Freedom Writers have a dreamp. 165
Covering up the swastikap. 166
Hate crimesp. 167
Holocaust Museump. 169
Dr. Mengele's experiment with twinsp. 170
Dinner with Secretary Rileyp. 172
"Stand"p. 173
Secretary Riley receives Freedom Writers' diaryp. 175
Candlelight vigilp. 177
Departing D.C.p. 178
Returning a family herop. 181
Jeremy Strohmeyer: Murderp. 183
David Cashp. 184
Peace march for Sherrice Iversonp. 185
Senior Class Presidentp. 187
Separation anxietyp. 188
Staying togetherp. 190
Senior Year--Fall 1997
Ms. Gruwell's Diary Entryp. 192
Cheryl Best: Inspirationp. 195
"Eviction Notice"p. 197
Financial problemsp. 198
Illegal immigrantp. 200
The first Latina Secretary of Educationp. 202
Pursuing filmmakingp. 204
Road not taken: Contemplating collegep. 205
Finding a mentorp. 206
Being a mentorp. 208
Los Angeles Times articlep. 210
A letter from prisonp. 211
Deadbeat dadp. 212
Sorority hazingp. 214
Fear of losing a fatherp. 216
Death of a motherp. 218
Senior Year--Spring 1998
Ms. Gruwell's Diary Entryp. 221
Guess? sponsorshipp. 223
Spirit of Anne Frank Awardp. 225
New York City roommatesp. 227
Celebrating Anne Frankp. 229
Abuse of powerp. 230
Peter Maass: The role of a journalistp. 232
Book agentp. 233
Getting publishedp. 234
Basketball playoffs: Teamworkp. 235
A lesson from Animal Farmp. 237
Attitude adjustmentp. 238
Introducing Senator Barbara Boxerp. 241
Attention deficit disorderp. 242
Homosexualityp. 244
Prom queenp. 245
"Whoever saves one life saves the world entire"p. 247
Breaking the cyclep. 249
Football all-Americanp. 251
Baseball dilemmap. 253
A college acceptancep. 254
Fear of abandonmentp. 255
Teenage pregnancyp. 257
Southwest Airlinesp. 259
Computers for college!p. 260
The giving tree: Crackhead parentsp. 261
Graduation Class Speakerp. 263
From drugs to honorsp. 264
Overcoming the oddsp. 267
Graduation!p. 268
Epiloguep. 272
Acknowledgmentsp. 278
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