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Erin Gruwell

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Erin Gruwell

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Autobiography, Nonfiction

At a Glance

The Freedom Writers Diary is a collection of journal entries kept over a four-year period by English teacher Erin Gruwell and her students. Gruwell's students came from a variety of challenging backgrounds that made school difficult for them. By working together and writing about their experiences, the students were able to overcome these hardships and learn more about themselves, one another, and the world around them. The book still resonates today as many of the Freedom Writers have gone on to careers to help others less fortunate than themselves.

Perspective and Narrator

The book is narrated by Erin Gruwell and her students in the first person.

About the Title

The Freedom Writers Diary is a reference to the Freedom Riders, a multiethnic activist group who challenged bus segregation in the American South in 1961. Likewise, the Freedom Writers are a multiethnic group of students who use writing as a way to challenge stereotypes within their high school and beyond.


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