The storyline with the movie requires place between 1992-1995, beginning with scenes through the 1992 Los Angeles Riots. Hilary Swank plays the role of Erin Gruwell, a new, excited schoolteacher who leaves the safety of her hometown, Newport Beachfront, to teach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beachfront, a formerly high achieving school which has recently had an integration plan put in place. Her enthusiasm is rapidly challenged when she realizes that her class are all "at-risk" high school students, also known as "unteachables", and not the eager college students she was expecting. The high school students segregate on their own into racial groups in the classroom, fights break out, and eventually most of the high school students stop turning up to class. Not only does Gruwell meet opposition from her high school students, but she also has a difficult time with her department head, who refuses to let her teach her high school students with books in case they get damaged and lost, and instead tells her to focus on training them discipline and obedience.
One night, two high school students, Eva (April Lee Hernández), a Hispanic girl and narrator for much of film, and a Cambodian refugee, Sindy (Jaclyn Ngan), find on their own in the same convenience store. An additional student, Grant Rice (Armand Jones) is frustrated at losing an arcade game and demands a refund through the owner. When he storms out, Eva's boyfriend attempts a drive-by shooting, wanting to kill Grant but misses, accidentally killing Sindy's boyfriend. As Eva is really a witness, she must testify at court; she intends to guard her personal kind in her testimony.
At school, Gruwell intercepts a racist drawing of one of her high school students and utilizes it to teach them concerning the Holocaust. She gradually begins to earn their trust and buys them composition books to record their diaries, in which they talk about their experiences of being abused, seeing their buddies die, and being evicted. Determined to reform her high school students, she requires two part-time jobs to pay for a lot more books and spends a lot more time at school, to the disappointment of her husband (Patrick Dempsey). Her high school students start to behave with respect and discover a lot more. A transformation is specifically visible in a one of her high school students, Marcus (Jason Finn). She invites various Holocaust survivors to talk with her class about their experiences and requires them over a field trip to the Museum of Tolerance. Meanwhile, her unorthodox training methods are scorned by her colleagues and department chair Margaret Campbell (Imelda Staunton).
The following year comes, and Gruwell teaches her class again for sophomore (second) year. In class, when reading The Diary of Anne Frank, they invite Miep Gies (Pat Carroll), the woman who sheltered Anne Frank from the German soldiers to talk to them. After they raise the cash to bring her over, she tells them her experiences hiding Anne Frank. When Marcus tells her that she is his hero, she denies it, claiming she was merely doing the correct thing. Her denial leads to Eva to rethink lying during her testimony. When she testifies, she finally breaks down and tells the truth, much to some of her family members' dismay.
Meanwhile, Gruwell asks her high school students to write their diaries in book form. She compiles the entries and names it The Freedom Writers Diary. Her husband divorces her and Margaret tells her she cannot teach her kids for their junior year. She fights this decision, eventually convincing the superintendent to permit her to teach her kids' junior and senior year. The film ends with a note that Gruwell successfully brought numerous of her high school students to graduation and university.
Answered By: protexya - 3/17/2011