Why would it be effective to show Freedom Writers as a follow-up to reading Durango Street? Do some comparing of plot, theme, and setting.

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Despite the obvious similarity of both works discussing teenage involvement in gangs, there are many other comparison points between the film and novel.  First, both discuss the difficulties of teen minorities living in California's gang-infested area and are based on real events.  Freedom Writers, of course, is a dramatization of...

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Despite the obvious similarity of both works discussing teenage involvement in gangs, there are many other comparison points between the film and novel.  First, both discuss the difficulties of teen minorities living in California's gang-infested area and are based on real events.  Freedom Writers, of course, is a dramatization of a real teacher's experience teaching in a low-income, gang-controlled high school, and Durango Street incorporates the author's detailed research about teen/gang issues, making it an extremely realistic, candid glimpse into its setting and characters.

The works are also similar thematically.  While they do focus on teens who are involved in gangs or who are being pressured to join gangs, their themes address issues that are common to almost all teens--self-identification, security, environment, cliques, etc.

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