Lessons I Learned from the Freedom Writers
On Sale: January 9, 2007
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In this memoir and call to arms, Erin Gruwell, the dynamic
young teacher who nurtured a remarkable group of high school
students from Long Beach, California, who called themselves
the Freedom Writers, picks up where The Freedom Writers
Diary (and the movie The Freedom Writers) end and catches
the reader up to where they are today. Teach with Your Heart
will include the Freedom Writers’ unforgettable trip to
Auschwitz, where they met with Holocaust survivors; toured
the attic of their beloved Anne Frank (Gruwell had the kids
read Anne’s Diary in The Freedom Writers Diary); visited
Bosnia with their friend Zlata Filipovich, and more. The
book also includes what happened with the Freedom Writers as
they made their way through college and graduation. Along
the way, Gruwell includes lessons for parents and teachers
about what she learned from her remarkable band of students.
In this passionate, poignant, and deeply personal memoir,
Gruwell tells the tale of her journey through the emotional
peaks and valleys on the front lines of our nation’s
educational system and her commitment to awaken personal
power in students and people everyone else discounts. Teach
with Your Heart is a mesmerizing story of one young woman’s
personal odyssey and of her remarkable ability to encourage
others to follow in her footsteps.
Teach with Your Heart is marked by the enviable radiance and
irrepressible force of nature that is Erin Gruwell and her
unbelievable determination to ensure that education in the
United States truly meets the needs of every student.
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