3) How does the story start?
The story starts when Erin Gruwell, recently qualified as an English teacher, arrives, full of enthusiasm, at Woodrow Wilson High School in LongBeach, California looking for a job. This establishment has lately incorporated an integration program for risk students, most of them separated into racial groups or gangs (Latins, Asians, Cambodians,blacks, whites, etc.). Erin gets the job, but she’s only allowed to teach for first and second year, until she gains more experience.
5) Choose these adjectives to describe the followingcharacters:
Erin Gruwell: YOUNG - SENSITIVE – UNDERSTANDING – NAÏVE – SUPPORTIVE - IDEALISTIC
Scott Casey: JEALOUS – HOPELESS
Marcus: VIOLENT – YOUNG – SENSITIVE – UNDERPRIVILEGED
Margaret Campbell:STRICT – RACIST – RESENTFUL – HOPELESS
Eva Benitez: REBELLIOUS – HOPELESS – RESENTFUL – AGGRESSIVE – YOUNG - UNDERPRIVILEGED
6) Are these sentences true or false? Explain why.
a- Erin Gruwell is anexperienced teacher at Wilson High School. FALSE: Erin Gruwell is an inexperienced teacher at Wilson High School, she’s just graduated as an English teacher.
b- She is interested in teaching in thatschool because it has gifted children. FALSE: She wants to teach there because of its “at-risk” students.
c- Mrs. Gruwell’s class is made up of American students. FALSE: In her class there are alsoLatin, Cambodian and Asian students.
d- She starts teaching in classroom 202. FALSE: She starts teaching in classroom 203.
e- Erin’s students pay attention to her. FALSE: At first, they don’t payattention, they think they don’t have a reason to respect her, because she is white and she doesn’t know what they have to go through every day. But then, when she starts teaching trying to get closerto them and to minimize the hate among the groups, they get so enthusiastic that they can’t wait to go to their English class.
f- Erin’s father had been a civil rights activist. TRUE: She mentions...