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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: Yes I'm respectful about the other differences and they are no problems.

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:Yes Ms. Gruwelle is the first, because the other teacher and the principal din't wan't to take a chance with the student.

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

1.3.1. Answer:I think that is important because if the student had a good relationship with his teacher he will be more confident with the teacher.

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

1.4.1. Answer: Ms. Gruwell put them all the gang together, before the gang was separated

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

1.5.1. Answer:I think that the relationship his more healthier because, they both are more confident when the had the mutual respect.


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

2.1.1. Because she is white and they don't like white people and they think that nobody can help them.

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?

2.2.1. She's wearing that because she wants to make a good impression to her students.

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

2.3.1. She's respectful and she tries to understand the problems of her students.

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

2.4.1. Because Ms.Gruwell loves her students and she prefares to be close with her students.

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

2.5.1. Her husband thinks that she's a good teacher but he thinks that Ms. G doesn't give him enough attention


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: I don't know but maybe it's because they think that nobody can help them to get out of their problems. They fight for their lifes everyday and they have to go to school so maybe they are angry because of that.

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. I think it's the influence of the gang. The others are trying to kill them for revenge so they don't want to be friend with them.

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. Because some of them are going to be the first to graduate. Maybe it motivate them to succeed. So their parents are going to be happy and proud of them.

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

3.4.1. Because they are in a gang so sometimes theyhave a fight against other gangs with guns so they could get shot.

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

3.5.1. I would make them talk in front of the class so the others would know that they are fighting for their lifes everydaylike them. So would be more respectfull against them.


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

4.1.1. She thinks that she is born to live in the street, that she is not going to have a normal life like the others.

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”?

4.3.1. because the white cops arrested her father, and now she thinks that all the white is like the cops of this days. They can do whatever they want to whoever they want. (she thinks that)

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

4.4.1. Because the cops think that the father of Eva shoot but it wasn't him

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?

4.5.1. I think that it was a good idea, because it's good to says the truth


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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