This activity should be implemented after students view the video “Freedom Writers.” Many topics such as identity and practicality of school are discussed which are central to the video. The students work together in a group before presenting their answers to the class.
Be mindful of violence involved in the video as well as the profanity. However, our school has the video in the library as well as a class set of the books.
My students enjoy the video as many topics are discussed that reflect their own lives. They are given an opportunity to grapple with real life situations and ideas that they too have experienced.