Please step to the line if you have lost a friend to gang violence.
Portrays Eva Benitez when her father was wrongly jailed for a murder he did not commit, which was before she was jumped into a gang
In this scene the students stepped to the line if they related to a statement, in this case it was if they lost a friend to gang violence. I felt empathy for them because I have lost friends, although it may may not be to gang violence, I know how it feels.
In this scene, a student read a section from his diary about his family's eviction and how he felt lost but found hope in Ms. Gruwell and her classroom. I felt empathy with him because during my mom's divorce case my father stole our house, money and jewelry that my mom worked for, so I know how it feels to lose essentially everything.
In this scene, Eva Benitez is in a courtroom testifying and she is given the choice to either lie and put an innocent man in prison, like her father was, or come up clean and become a traitor. She chose to do what is right and tell everything that happened. I felt empathy for Eva because I have been in a similar situation but not as serious or extreme.
In this scene Andre is on his way to class when Ms. Gruwell confronts him on how he gave himself a fail grade and she explains that he is better than that and how she knows that his brother went to prison.
Ms. Gruwell and her class are about to part ways and she explains how they are successful and will stay successful on their own so she gets them to publish their journals on their own stories.