Section 2 Summary

Freshman Year: Spring 1995

Ms. Gruwell is frustrated with students who do not want to read, write, or do homework. She is even more frustrated with a system that labels students "remedial," "stupid," or "basic." She is then surprised that students believe the label. Even their parents seem to have given up on them. In fact, they may not be “smart” in the conventional sense, but they are quite savvy. Ms. G is preparing to teach Shakespeare to her class of particularly difficult freshmen. To do that, she will have to get “down and dirty,” proving to them she is not a stereotypical Beverly Hills girl. She has to make them see that Shakespeare has modern applications, so she plans to compare the...

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