Erin Gruwell, also known as Ms. G, is a first-year English teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School. The high school used to be a respective and prestigious school back in the days, but developed a very tough environment since it decided to integrate all the non-American youths around the area.
As a result as only being a first-year teacher, Ms. G is given the tough students at school. The other teachers at Wilson High tell Ms. G to drop her high expectations about her new students, and wait until she has more seniority (which would give her the opportunity to teach “good students”. However, Ms. G decides to ignore the other teachers and finds her own path to help the “lost” students. After a tough start as a first-year English teacher, Ms. G began to learn how she could get the students respect and attention. Two of her methods was to let the students write a diary about themselves and their tough experiences and to give them books to read which they could relate to their own life. Although Ms. G’s methods gave results in the classroom, it didn’t at home. Since the school didn’t have the resources to give the students books and field trips, Ms. G had to get two more jobs in addition being a teacher, which lead to great frustration from her husband. After a while Erin’s husband loses his feelings for her and decides to move out from their house. Despite this tragic event, Ms. G finds strength to finish what she and her class started, and decides to make a book out of the students’ diaries. The book becomes a success, and Ms. G also gets approved to teach her class for the rest of their high school years after some challenging negotiations with the school board.