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1. (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.”?

1.1. Because every days you survive to life and you know how to deal with all the race war.

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

2.1. She's angry at the students and she talk about the Holocaust, the extermination of the Jews.

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

3.1. Because they were reading the book named Anne Frank in class and this is the story of Anne during the second world war

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

4.1. Well, their marriage is complicate because instead of being the wife at home with her husband, she's with her students and Scott (the husband) will be alone and he's in the sad mood (maussade). - Ms G's husband

5. She loves to work with teens and she likes to resolve their problems. She decided to teach, because she says lawyers don't work with problems, they take care


6.1. (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?

6.1.1. No, they have not problems like that in own school.

6.2. (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?

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

6.3.1. Trust is important, because you learn from a teacher and a teacher learns from his or her teacher.

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

6.4.1. Reading andwriting enables them torelive the suffering that they are experiencing. By doing so, they are experiencing therapy as a group andthus, understand that they are going through the same issues. In this way, they learn to trust each other.

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

6.5.1. In the class everybody loves each other and theyare not fighting anymore People can work on a common project or beliefs in that way when there is mutual respect.


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

7.1.1. Because she is a new teacher and they think that she will treat them like babies just like the other ones.

7.2. (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?

7.2.1. Because they think she is rich and she has a lot of money compare to all the students in the cool. The other teachers knows that the students can stole. clothes and accessories in Ms. Gruwell's case show that she comes from another class, but they also show that you can be simple. Clothes ans accesories in Ms. Gruwell's case show that she comes from another class, but they also show that you can be simple.

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

7.3.1. She portrays the typical american student who studied in university and is from middle upper class. She probably doesn't came from a poor family.

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


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

8.1.1. The students are filed with anger, because they are dealing with important personal problems ans also gang problems. Their anger is reasonable, because they have to struggle for survival every day of their lives

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

8.2.1. They don't want to associate with anyone, because they are afraid of each other. They base their knowledge on stereotypes that arise from color and thus, etnic group differences; yet they don't know each other.

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

8.3.1. Because they are obliges to go to school, otherwises they will not go to school. Some examples of outside factors are physical (abuse) violence at home, drug.

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

8.4.1. Some students believe so, because they are scared they will be shot at in the streets dut to territorial wars

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

8.5.1. I would try to resolve the situation and after, if it doesn't work, I would call someone to help me as Mrs. Gruwell do it.


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

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

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

9.3.1. Because white people put her dad in prison and she is angry because he is innocent.

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

9.4.1. He tooks the blame for another boy in the same gang and Eva knows it and she's angry about it.

9.5. (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?

9.5.1. Because she had a lot of pression and the people in her gang are really angry but her dad is on the top of the gang.


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

10.1.1. Because she thinks that someone will caught her and at the end she's going to die, the same thing happend to Anne Frank