What does Ms. Gruwell tell Zlata on the phone in the spring of 1997?

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hmassman eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Interesting question! In the book The Freedom Writers Diary, Zlata had a profound impact on many of the students.

In the book, Ms. Gruwell called Zlata in the spring of 1997. Ms. Gruwell called Zlata to tell her about the students’ new writing assignment that was inspired by Zlata. Zlata kept a journal that influenced numerous individuals throughout the world. Zlata encouraged Ms. Gruwell by indicating that the students might find the journal to be a safe place to express their thoughts and emotions. As Ms. Gruwell revealed:

“She’s [Zlata] the inspiration for our latest writing project.” 

Thus, Ms. Gruwell indicated to Zlata that the students were going to start writing a diary together. Zlata inspired this idea and encouraged Ms. Gruwell to utilize the journal as a way of motivating the students while providing a safe place to express their thoughts and emotions.