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This blog was created by a Portuguese class in Carlos Amarante, a well known school in Braga, in response to our English teacher innovative methodologies. Unlike most teachers, she said no to the usual boring method of only using text books and do reading comprehension activities. She decided to involve us in a three-month project on our planned second term theme "Multiculturalism". Our critical and creative thinking had to be explored and developed step by step, pushing us to a next and higher level. So, now, a step away from accomplishing all we set out to do, it is time for us to share learning outcomes with the rest of the world; we will post videos, pictures, thoughts and essays as well as our sources, which are all reliable. So, our class, as well as our amazing teacher, hope you all will have a wonderful time exploring our own little world.
You may also take advantage of our project results for future assignments you might have to do.
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Freedom Writers' corner

Freedom Writers' corner
Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States and with a population of 3.8 million is the largest city in the state of California and the Western United States. Los Angeles is also the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated and one of the most multicultural counties in the United States. The city's inhabitants are referred to as "Angelenos". Often known by its initials, "L.A.", and nicknamed the "City of Angels", Los Angeles is a world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology, and education. In 2008, Los Angeles was named the world's eighth most economically powerful city by Forbes.com. As the home base of Hollywood, it is known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World", leading the world in the creation of motion pictures, television production, video games, and recorded music.

As of the 2005–2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 48.7% of Los Angeles's population (of which 29.3% were non-Hispanic whites.); Blacks or African Americans made up 9.9%; American Indians made up 0.5%; Asian Americans made up 10.6%; Pacific Islander Americans made up 0.2% of the city's population; Individuals from some other race made up 27.3% of the city's population; Hispanics and Latinos made up 48.5% of Los Angeles's population.
- “Majority-minority (alternatively, minority-majority)” is a term used to describe a U.S. state o whose racial composition is less than 50% white. 'White' in this context means Non-Hispanic Whites.
- Hispanic - someone who comes from a country where Spanish or Portuguese is spoken, especially one in Latin America.
- The word "gang" derives from the past participle of Old English gan "to go". It is cognate with Old Norse gangr "a group of men", and it is in this sense that the word is used today, rather than the older meaning

The 1992 Los Angeles Rodney King Riots, when a jury found not guilty four Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the videotaped beating of African-American motorist Rodney King following a high-speed pursuit. Thousands of people in the Los Angeles area rioted over the six days following the verdict.

Freedom Riders Civil Rights activists rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States to test the United States Supreme Court decision (1960), outlawing racial segregation in the restaurants and waiting rooms in terminals serving buses that crossed state lines. Prominent figures of the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Clockwise from top left: W. E. B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr..
The African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955–1968) refers to the movements in the United States aimed at outlawing racial discrimination against African Americans and restoring Suffrage in Southern states

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Freedom Writers' corner - Vocabulary - 1st diary


High school: freshman, junior, senior.

Freshman: a student in the first year of high school or university.

Sophomore: a student who is in their second year of study at a college.

Junior: American English relating to the year before the final year of high school or college.

Senior: having a higher position, level, or rank.

Counter: to say something in order to try to prove that what someone said was not true.

Embroil: to involve someone or something in a difficult situation.

Advocate: to publicly say that something should be done.

Quad: informal a square open area with buildings all around it, especially in a school or college.

The projects: are massive low-income housing units.

Busing: the transporting of children to a school outside their residential area as a means of achieving racial balance in that school.

Saunter: to walk in a slow relaxed way, especially so that you look confident.

Disciplinary: relating to the punishment of someone who has not obeyed rules, or to trying to make people obey rules.

Preppy: American English informal-preppy clothes or styles are very neat, in a way that is typical of students who go to expensive private schools in the US.

Disgruntled: annoyed or disappointed, especially because things have not happened in the way that you wanted.

Rookie: [countable] especially American English someone who has just started doing a job and has little experience.

Push the envelope: to do something that is new and that goes beyond the limits of what has already been done in a particular area of activity.

Go back to the drawing board: if you go back to the drawing board, you start again with a completely new plan or idea, after the one you tried before has failed.

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