FW Curriculum



The Freedom Writers Foundation has produced numerous volumes of curriculum designed to be used within the Freedom Writer Methodology. Our curricula contains numerous activities, all aligned to national standards, that facilitate a transformative process in how the student approaches life and school. 

For more information about any of our curricula, see below, or please fill out the form on the right. 

Curriculum for Secondary Schools

Curriculum for Colleges/Universities

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 Curriculum for Secondary Schools

 

The Freedom Writers Diary – Class Set

The Freedom Writers Diary – Teachers Guide

Our landmark release, The Freedom Writers Diary, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and is becoming more and more common in secondary classrooms. Compiled of 150 teen stories about topics teens face daily. The book follows the authors from freshman through senior year and portrays the inspiring transformative process of going from "destined to fail" to graduating. 

The original Freedom Writers, the Freedom Writer Teachers, and Erin Gruwell collaborated to produce a Teachers Guide for the Diary. The Teachers Guide includes the transformative activities the Original Freedom Writers performed in Gruwell’s class along with referenced diary entries, extended reading and research activities, and insights into the Freedom Writer Methodology. This invaluable resource has helped thousands of teachers achieve academic success with their students.

 

 

Scholastic's, On the Record

The Freedom Writers Foundation recently partnered with Scholastic to produce On the Record, a Common Core aligned learning program for secondary students. Fully integrated with the Freedom Writer Methodology, On the Record fulfills writing and nonfiction reading standards in addition to providing a launching point for self-discovery, civic involvement, and personal transformation for students and educators. 

On the Record consists of multiple biographical stories about individuals who have overcome adversity or faced life-altering decisions. Included in this series are stories about Sebastian Junger, Barack Obama, LeBron James, Amy Tan, Cesar Milan, and original Freedom Writer, Maria Reyes, among others. 

This high-interest, relevant book series kickstarts students' passion for reading and writing. For more information about On the Record, visit Scholastic's website here.

 
 

Curriculum for Colleges/Universities

 
 

Teaching Hope

In response to the incredibly successful Freedom Writers Diary, Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writer Teachers used a similar epistolary approach and created Teaching Hope, a book comprised of the diary entries of 150 highly impactful education professionals. The book charted on the New York Times Bestsellers list and has become a staple for teacher preparation programs in colleges and universities across the U.S. and beyond. Unlike the curriculum in most education programs, Teaching Hope consists of real education experiences that happened in real classrooms. Entries include stories of anticipation, challenges, engagement, disillusionment, rejuvenation, and empowerment. It is a must-read for anyone interested in learning what actually happens in real classrooms.


Teach with Your Heart

Erin Gruwell wrote this memoir about her experience with Freedom Writers. Gruwell continues the timeline from the the Freedom Writers Diary leaves off to show where they are today and how the lessons from the classroom impacted their personal lives. Teach with Your Heart, like Teaching Hope, is a critical component to any comprehensive teacher preparation program. Through Teach with Your Heart, readers get a close and personal account of the philosophical foundation of Transformative Education and the Freedom Writer Methodology.

 


 

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Freedom Writers Diary and Teachers Guide
Scholastic's On the Record
Teaching Hope
Teach with Your Heart