Most people I know love to watch movies. There are all kinds out there to choose from. I find myself liking many of the older classics movies from long ago. There’s so much you can learn from them. Do you and your kids watch movies as part of your educational studies? Are you in need of more ways to supplement your history curriculum? I recently learned of a company I had never heard of before. The TOS Crew were given an opportunity to review a product that is a great supplement with a history curriculum.
Zeezok Publishing is a company that “provides quality literature and educational books that will assist you in developing your family’s love for God and country”. Zeezok Publishing started providing materials for the homeschooling community in 1993. Their “desire is to provide distinctive materials for a well-rounded education”. You can read more about them here.
Zeezok makes a product they call Z-Guides. Z-guides are movie study guides that helps students study a movie and understand the concepts presented in the movie. They are a great way to incorporate media into a curriculum. The guides are for ages elementary to high school. Each of the guides fall within a specific time in history and are priced at $12.99 for a PDF version you download. If you do not already own a copy of the movie you need to use for one of their guides, you should be able to find most of the movies at your local library, through Netflix, or even on Zeezok’s website. You can read more about Z-guides here.
This is what a Z-guide looks like. In it you have 10 activities that are meant to take a week to do if the student does two a day. You know your child best so if you find he requires more time to do the activity then I suggest going at his or her own pace. Many days we only completed 1 activity depending on what it was.
Different activities the guide included are:
Topic overview: provides the students with information regarding the specific time period in which the movie is based.
Movie Synopsis: helps assist the student in what going on in the movie and how relationships, situations, and events all relate together.
Review Questions: meant to be answered while watching the movie to be sure the student is “paying attention to what’s going on being an active learner rather than being a passive viewer”.
Fill in the blank questions
Hands on Activity
Filmmakers art activity: helps the student recognize the tools being used to influence the viewer.
World-view Activity: helps the student understand the movies worldview. The idea behind this is to get the student to think critically through what he believes and what is being presented in the movie.
Family discussion questions
You are even provided with the answers to the questions at the end of the guide. To see a sample Z-guide click here.
The movie we chose to do a study guide on was Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It is the 1939 Columbia version.
My husband suggested this one because he loved the movie when he saw it years ago and wanted our son to see it. I guess you could say this gave him a reason to watch it again. An important thing my son learned was how a bill becomes a law. One of the activities had him glue cards in order of “how a bill becomes a law”. It was kind of confusing for him on some parts but we did more online research to put it all together. He also loved the art activity with Abraham Lincoln. He said he would like to visit the White House some day.
Zeezok has other products to choose from like government and history, presidential penmanship, reading and literature and more. If you are on Facebook you can stop by and like their page to keep up with latest happenings.
Other crew members had different movies they used these study guides with. Stop by the crew blog and read about their learning experiences.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. I was not paid to write this but received a Toydle Big Fort free of charge to review, and give my honest opinion.