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1.1. (6)Think about your own school or out-of-school activities. Are youth respectful of each other’s differences? Are there problems similar to those in Wilson High? If so, what steps can you take to initiate change?

1.1.1. Answer: No, because compared to them, we know that everybody is similar. If I was blind and my friend is a black, I will not see the difference. And they're is not problems like in this school because we are lucky to live in this condition, we live in excellent conditions.

1.2. (7) Ms. Gruwell is the first teacher to show trust and respect for the “at risk” students at Wilson High. How does Erin Gruwell demonstrate this? Why are some students more resistant to trusting each other?

1.2.1. Answer: Erin Gruwell have compasion for these students so she try to help them. Some students didn't want to talk to other races because they didn't want to betray their gang and they continu to think that they're different.

1.3. (8) Why is trust such an important component of a teacher-student relationship?

1.3.1. Answer: If the teacher is not trusting the teacher, the students can tell the truth and the teacher will think he's lying.

1.4. (9)How do the classmates learn to trust one another? How does reading and writing initiate this change?

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1.5. (10)How are relationships healthier when the individuals involved have mutual respect?

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2.1. (1)Why does Ms. Gruwell’s students hate and resent her at first?

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2.2. (2)Most of the teachers at Wilson High do not dress in formal attire. Why do you think Ms. Gruwell chooses to wear business suits and pearls to class? What impression does this make? How do clothes, accessories, and make-up affect how other’s perceive you?

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2.3. (3) How does Ms. Gruwell's upbringing, appearance, and attitude contrast with those of her students?

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2.4. (4) Why did Erin Gruwell (Ms. G) decide to teach instead of being a lawyer?

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2.5. (5) Describe Ms. G.s husband. What is his attitude towards her teaching career?

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3.1. (1)Why are the students filled with such anger at the beginning of the movie? Do you think their anger is reasonable?

3.1.1. Answer: They think that their life are bad and they accuse the people that they're not like them. Their anger is reasonable because they're living in a bad world with a lot of difficulties, they lost people, they got shot a lot of time, and they're living in misery.

3.2. (2) Why are the students so unwilling to associate with anyone outside their ethnic/racial groups? Where does this intolerance come from?

3.2.1. Answer: Because they think the other races are different and in their gang, it have on or two races and they other races are they enemies. They can leave their gang and if someone in their gang hate someone, they need to hate him because they're solidary.

3.3. (3) Why aren’t Ms. Gruwell’s students motivated to succeed in school? What outside factors affect their ability to learn?

3.3.1. Answer: Because they already have too many problem outside the school and they know that they can have a real job with all these problems. In all their battle, if they die and they study a lot, they did that for nothing. They have a lot of risk to die.

3.4. (4)Why do some of Ms. Gruwell’s students believe they won’t live past age 18?

3.4.1. Answer: I think that they think they will die before 18 years old because they make a lot of gang battle and everybody have a gun so they have a lot of chances to die.

3.5. (5) What would you do to break the ethnic and racial barriers in Mrs. Gruwell’s classroom?

3.5.1. Answer: I go talk to everybody in other races and they will see we are all similar, we think similar and we act similar


4.1. (1)What is Eva’s (the Hispanic girl) view of herself and her “people”?

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4.2. (2)What does the scene with the Cambodian girl and Eva show? What does it convey? What is the message?

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4.3. (3)Why does Eva “hate white people”?

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4.4. (4)According to Eva, why was her father arrested?

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4.5. (5) What makes Eva choose to “go against her people” in the courtroom? Do you think this was a good decision? How do her family and friends react?

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5.1. (6)What does Ms. G do when she finds the picture of Jamal? What historical event does she bring up?

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5.2. (7)Why is this event relative to her students?

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5.3. (8)Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne Frank, is a hero to Ms. Gruwell’s students. What does Miep Gies mean when she tells Ms. Gruwell’s students, “You are heroes everyday.”?

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5.4. (9) Why is Eva so affected by the ending of Anne Frank’s diary?

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