This student who has just been transferred to Ms. Gruwell’s class feels resentful and excluded from the rest of the other students, who already know each other. S/he is happy to escape being called on to participate in a role-play based on Twelve Angry Men. S/he wonders why Ms. Gruwell makes her students participate actively in the classroom and why she can’t be boring like all the other teachers.
This student’s lack of enthusiasm demonstrates her/his fear of not fitting in and having to participate in activities with a group of people s/he doesn’t know. At the same time, it also highlights Ms. Gruwell’s achievements, as this student notes that this classroom feels unlike any other s/he has been in, in terms of both camaraderie and intellectual stimulation.