What are some takes on how the movie Freedom Writers relates to belonging? What are some takes on how the movie Freedom Writers relates to belonging?

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I had similar experiences as a first year teacher in a school like that.  I think that all people want to belong, but as a defense mechanism we develop walls to keep others out.  That way we are safe from rejection.  Teenagers, especially this population, are masters at these walls.  It is the teacher's job to get through. 

You could look at the negative elements of "belonging" in this movie by the student involvement in gangs and Mrs. Gruwell's attempt to break some of the lines of hatred and discrimination in her classroom.

I love the scene where she re-seats all of...

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