Erin Gruwell’s passion to become a teacher is soon challenged by a group of Black, Latino, and Asian gangbangers who hate her even more than each other. When Erin begins to listen to them in a way no adult has ever done, she begins to understand that for these kids, getting through the day alive is enough – they are not delinquents but teenagers fighting “a war of the streets” that began long before they were born.
Sample F.I.L.M. Curriculum Questions:
Despite their very different backgrounds, the majority of Ms. Gruwell’s students go through similar daily struggles. What makes them realize these similarities? How do the students use their collective strength as a source of healing?
Could Ms. Gruwell’s pro-tolerance teaching methods be extended to the entire school and beyond? How could this be achieved?
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