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

because Anne Frank died and she think she will die



(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?

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

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

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


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

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

(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?

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

(5) Erased accidently


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

(3)Why does Eva “hate white people”?

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

(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?


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

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

(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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