Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Z-Guide to the Movies TOS Crew Review

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   If you like to include Movies into your homeschool curriculum like we do then I have just the review for you. As part of the TOS Crew we were chosen to review to Z-Guide  the Movies by Zeezok Publishing. Adding new dimension to homeschool movie watching.
   My boys love, love, love History especially anything to do with the Wars, so when I presented the boys with this opportunity they chose to do our review on the movie Flyboys, which centers around WWI.

  We were given the Elementary version of the download Z-Guide which retails for $12.99 or you can opt for a CD version mailed to you. There is also a High School version of this Z-Guide so you can chose which one would work best for your homeschool. One of the aspects I liked is where you can purchase a license to use these in a situation like a co-op or a traditional classroom. This license is available for a fee of $49.99.

    We did have to obtain the movie on our own for the review, but you are able to purchase the movies that go with their guides right on the web page where you purchase the Z-Guides, the prices do vary from movie to movie so you will want to check Zeezok for the exact price.  Most of the movies are available through Netflix or your local library so it was not too hard to get our hands on it.
     The guides themselves are a comprehensive study guide to go along with the movie and makes for a great unit study.
Here is what is included in each guide...
Each guide starts out with a topic overview. This overview provides the student with more information regarding the specific time period in which the movie is based. Next is a movie synopsis. The synopsis will assist the student in understanding what is going on in the movie and how relationships, situations, and events all relate together.
Each guide includes the historical setting, research skills, writing skills, hands-on activity, a worldview study, critical thinking skills, and family discussion questions. There is also a section called The Filmaker’s Art activity that helps the student recognize the tools being used to influence the viewer.

  All in all my boys and I really enjoyed working with our Z-Guide, it made watching a movie so much more rewarding and interesting. In the past we simply watched a movie that focused on a topic we were studying and then either just discussed it or I had them write a report or answer discussion questions. This was not enjoyable and often led to grumbling from the peanut gallery. When we used the Z-Guide the boys really became engaged in taking the movie many steps further. The key to my boys hearts is anything hands on and Z-Guides helped bring that to our movie watching.
   So if you like to use movies in your homeschool but feel there is something missing then you should check out Zeezok Publishing's Z-Guide to the Movies. There are Z-Guides for Elementary through High School and many titles to chose from. So I am sure you will be able to find something to fit your curriculum and tastes. 
   Be sure to stop by my fellow TOS Crewmates blogs as there are many Z-Guide reviews to chose from since we all got to pick which one we would like to work on.  Remember $12.99 is all is costs to have a little adventure back in time. What are you waiting for?


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