The Freedom Writers Diary was made up of journals that Erin Gruwell, an English teacher, told her
students to write.
Historians say history repeats itself, but in my case I have managed to break the cycle
because I'm going to graduate from high school and go to college, an opportunity my parents
never had. My father only went up to the second grade because his father, my grandfather,
needed help farming and taking care of the cattle. In the two years he spent in elementary school
he was not taught to read and write. His teacher instead sent all of the "poor kids" to play
outside or to work in the garden. He saw kids like my dad as working hands. This was and still
is common in the rural areas of Mexico.
My mother only went up to the sixth grade because it was not the custom for a woman to get an education. Her dreams of becoming an accountant were shattered after my great-grandmother did not let her go to high school. Instead she was sent to sewing classes, so she could
become a "true woman" and not suffer when she got married.
Because of their educational experience, my parents were extra hard on me. When I was
four years old my parents made me practice writing my name, numbers, and made me memorize the colors. As I grew older they made me read every day, do all my homework, and
little by little, this became part of my daily life. While other kids spent their afternoons playing
outside, I would be inside my house studying or reading a book.
Now Ms. G. is cracking down on me too. Since the beginning of the year Ms. G. has been
talking about how to get into college and what different colleges are like. The thought of going to college scared me. But, Ms. G. recognized our fears and planned a field trip to visit different
colleges. We started our day by going to National University. There we learned about financial
aid, college life, and the process of getting into college. After spending half the day at National,
we went to visit a small private college and a big university so we could experience how
different they were. After the trip, I decided that I would go to a community college because the campus and the
classes are smaller and more manageable than a large university, you get to interact, and have a
better relationship with your professors. I am planning to transfer to a big university in two
years. For now, I will worry about taking the first step.
I feel like the traveler in Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken": "Two roads diverged
30 in a wood, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."
I am the traveler that came upon those two roads. I had a choice: I could take the road that
is more traveled by the members of my family and get a job, or I could take the road less traveled and be the first to go to college. I decided to take the road less traveled because I knew it
would be better in the long run. I know that my decision to go to collge will affect
my sisters' decisions and they will not be as afraid as I was of traveling this road.
The Freedom Writers Diary, 1999
1. Deduce from the text:
a) the narrator’s probable age. Quote one element.
b) the country where he probably lives. Quote two elements.
2. Where is his family originally from? Quote the text to support your answer.
3. a) Use the text to state the levels of education his father and his mother attained.
4. a) Which level of education has the narrator reached so far?
5. a) (l.31) : “I had a choice…” Explain.
b) What decision did he make?
pour le 25 mars 2013 , merci d'avance