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Freedom Writers

Based on a true story, Freedom Writers follows the efforts of Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank), an inexperienced high school teacher who is forced to change her lesson plan when faced with a classroom full of racial intolerance and gang violence. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: A
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 123
Theater Release: 04 Jan 2007
Video Release: 16 Apr 2007
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

The students’ personal diaries give them a chance to record their feelings and experiences. How can journaling help a person make sense of their life? Why is it important to find a place to develop a personal voice? What power comes from expressing oneself?

How do media portrayals of racial violence color our view of others? Are these depictions always accurate? How do they affect the way we interact with one another?

How does learning about the Holocaust help the students understand discrimination and war from another perspective? In what ways do the students relate to Anne Frank? How do the experiences of the Holocaust survivors influence the pupils?

For more information on Anne Frank go to: http://www.annefrank.com/. For other readings about the Holocaust, check out Number the Stars, Luba: The Angel of Bergen-Belsen and Remember World War II: Kids Who Survived Tell Their Stories.

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