Freedom Writers Similarities



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To Sir with Love vs. Freedom Writers

Similarities


  • Students didn’t value education

  • Both teachers were first year new teachers

  • Both teachers had originally chose different career paths (lawyer & engineer)

  • Changed the curriculum to spark student interest

  • Both classes of students ended up graduating

  • Both teachers dealt with negative feedback from other faculty members

  • Both teachers made personal sacrifices for their students (marriage/careers)

  • Perspective of students changed about themselves and impt. Issues like race

  • Both went on mind changing fieldtrips to a museum

  • Racial issues were experienced by both teachers

  • Students dealt with issue of social issues of poverty

  • Students ended up connecting and appreciating their teacher

  • Both teachers chose to continue teaching when they had an option out

  • Both groups of students were high school

  • Initially there was no respect for teachers

  • Both teachers were hands-on


Differences

  • Gang-related students vs. rebellious, rejected students

  • Students began as freshmen with Gruwell vs. students were seniors with Thackeray

  • Diverse ethnic group vs. predominantly white students

  • True story vs. fictional story

  • Setting in California in 1990s vs. London in 1960s

  • White female teacher vs. black male teacher
  • Divided into social/ethnic groups vs. cohesive group


  • Violence towards each other vs. violent, malicious acts toward teacher

  • Reached students through journals vs. reach students with self-respect & goals

  • Gruwell taught English vs. Thackeray taught all subjects

Name ___________________________________ Date _____________ Class ____
To Sir with Love vs. Freedom Writers

Event Matching


Directions: Match the story event with the correct movie. Label events: Freedom Writers- A and To Sir with Love-B
1. Students were allowed to smoke at school. ________

2. Many of the students graduated from high school and went to college. _______

3. Students’ fieldtrip allowed them to see how hate for another group of people could cause destruction. ________

4. Teacher continued to search for a job in their initial career path. ________

5. Students felt the teacher could not relate because he/she had a different upbringing. _______

6. School had no form of discipline or corporal punishment. _________

7. Practical jokes were a form of disrespect towards the teacher. ________

8. Teacher used their personal funds to educate his/her students. _______

9. Students began to read and learn from the lives of others. ________

10. Teacher sacrifice being married to work, go to school, and fulfill his/her dreams. ________

Name ___________________________________ Date _____________ Class ____
To Sir with Love
vs. Freedom Writers

Event Matching


Directions: Match the story event with the correct movie. Label events: Freedom Writers- A and To Sir with Love-B

1. Students were allowed to smoke at school. _________

2. Many of the students graduated from high school and went to college. _______

3. Students’ fieldtrip allowed them to see how hate for another group of people could cause destruction. _______

4. Teacher continued to search for a job in their initial career path. ________

5. Students felt the teacher could not relate because he/she had a different upbringing. _______

6. School had no form of discipline or corporal punishment. _______

7. Practical jokes were a form of disrespect towards the teacher. ______

8. Teacher used their personal funds to educate his/her students. ________



9. Students began to read and learn from the lives of others. ________

10. Teacher sacrifice being married to work, go to school, and fulfill his/her dreams. _________




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