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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Z Guide to the Movie- TOS Review

    I love, love, love movies and when I heard there was an opportunity to review a product that taught by using movies I was thrilled! Zeezok creates wonderful curriculum guides called Z Guides for elementary, middle and high schoolers.  They are meant to be used as a supplement to your studies, not a core curriculum.  I say, pop some popcorn and let's get to it!

   My girls and I were given the Kit Kittredge Z Guide to the Movies to review.  We are huge American Girl fans so this was a real treat!  First we watched the movie and then we took a week to do the activities.  You have the freedom to do as many or as little of the activities as you like and take as long as you like. 
   The Z Guide begins with a Topic Overview ,to give you background on the subject which is quite helpful.  We were studying The Depression and there was a lot of information  provided that was new to me.  There is also a movie synopsis.  Here is how our week went:

Activity 1- Movie Review Questions- This really helped my girls (and me!) to pay attention.  Even the  opening credits provided information about the Depression.  

Activity 2- Research the Great Depression- Questions are provided for further investigation.  My girls, and myself, discovered quite a bit about the Dust Bowl, influenza during the Depression and True Story magazine.  There were other suggestions but those are the areas I chose for them to research.  Once again, you can do as little or as much as you like.

Activity 3- Learning about Hobo Codes- Interesting and fun!  My girls decoded messages in Hobo Code (secret codes that hoboes used to communicate with each other)and also made their own codes.

Activity 4- Vocabulary that had to do with the Depression- ex. bonds, foreclosure and deadbeat.

Activity 5- Writing a Newspaper Article- My girls both chose a topic and wrote an article about it.  They had to just use facts, like Kit, in the manner that would printed in a newspaper.  My older daughter wrote about our dinner menu and our younger daughter wrote about the new playhouse that was in our backyard.

Activity 6- Fashion During the Depression- My girls worked together on a Powerpoint presentation of fashions for both men and women worn during the Depression.  This was a first for them- and me!

Activity 7- Who Am I?- Identifying characters in the movie with clues provided.

Activity 8- Foreshadowing and Irony- Using parts of the movie as examples, my daughters identified foreshadowing and irony.

Activity 9- Prejudice during the Depression- We talked about the evidence of or lack of prejudice in parts of the Kit movie.  Questions provided.

Activity 10- The Filmmaker's Art and Dramatic License- Examining why the director chose certain lighting, music, etc. to tell the story.

   There were also family discussion questions and answers to all the activities provided.  A very thorough and enjoyable study!  We look forward to purchasing more Z Guides in the near future!  To see a sample of a Z Guide click here.

  Z Guides are $12.99 for a single use or $49.99 as a classroom license.  You can purchase an ebook or a CD.  To see the list of available Z Guides click here.

   Zeezok has items in categories such as American Government, Character Building, Curriculum, Great Musician Series, as well as Z Guide to the Movies.  

   Click here to see what other TOS members thought about Z Guides.

*I received a complimentary copy of the Kit Kittredge Z Guide in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

1 comment:

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Lori
This sounds wonderful. I enjoyed hearing about all your dicussions and activities. Sounds like something I would enjoy very much. Hope you get to do some more soon :)