During the first 20 minutes, an inordinate amount of attention is paid to that piece of jewelry. Her Eva is part of a high school ensemble but she stands out.
Thus far, Hernandez's credits are primarily TV guest spots, but there's no reason she couldn't graduate to more visible parts. Gruwell's "freshmen" are often played by actors in their early 20s.
They were able to write about things that they had never had the chance to express before.
Through this, they discovered that, “Writing is a powerful form of self expression that could help us deal with our past and move forward." Since graduating, they have kept their promise of trying to change education. How could I not be compassionate and give a student a hug when they were hurting? I became the student.” She has said that she thinks teaching literature and writing is a great way to help people because there are so many ways to interpret any story.
Writer/director Richard La Gravenese (whose previous screenplays include The Fisher King and The Bridges of Madison County) does what competent filmmakers do with these Dangerous Minds tales - he takes the basic facts and massages them until they are suitably cinematic. To that aim, she applies to work in a forcibly integrated school where the students are divided into four camps: whites, Latinos, Cambodians, and blacks.
The MTV imprimatur indicates the movie is being targeted at teenagers. Her lofty goals are not shared by her department head, Margaret Campbell (Imelda Staunton), her ex-activist father (Scott Glenn), or her neglected husband, Scott (Patrick Dempsey).However, La Gravenese keeps things going for 30 more minutes, and Freedom Writers begins to wear out its welcome.There's another emotional moment at the end, but it feels contrived. Is the fact that it isn't stolen proof that the kids aren't thugs? I'm sure something ended up on the cutting room floor, but what remains in the final version is sloppy. Listening lesson plans with mp3 files also available. 25 smart cloud-based worksheet generators for making fun, effective lesson materials. Use coupon code "ESLPR" on registration for discount!Washington High School in Atlanta, Georgia, De La Salle Education Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Dunbar Middle School in Fort Worth, Texas, the Leadership Program at Crossroads Alternative High School in Coon Rapids, MN, and The Darkness to Light Education Project, which supports Crossroads Leadership.Groups inspired by the Freedom Writers include the Students of Unlimited Leadership [SOUL] Program in Chico, California and the Waller Scholars in Atlanta, Georgia. Connie Heermann, a teacher in Perry Township, Indiana, used The Freedom Writers Diary as part of her curriculum and received a one and a half year suspension.In 1999, those "assignments" were published as , which is the source material for the movie.The bottom line premise - that Erin changes the lives of her students while they change her - lies at the core of every similar movie. Erin finds ways to compare Hitler's actions against the Jews to instances of gang violence."The organization’s overall purpose is to: · Create opportunities for students to reach their full academic potential and aspire to higher education.· Publicly and systematically promote an educational philosophy that values, upholds, and honors diversity.