Thursday, March 31, 2011

TOS Crew: Zeezok Publishing

Would you like to use movies to teach your students subjects like history? Zeezok publishing gives you the tools to be successful at using movies as an integral part of your learning. As part of the TOS Homeschool crew, we were sent a copy of one of Zeezok's Z-guides to the movies.

Our family chose to review the Z-guide for the movie Amazing Grace. I had all the children watch the movie. We have children who are from upper elementary age through the 11th grade. I had some of the children watch the movie with the Z guide in hand, and the others without it. The Z-guide recommends that you watch the movie with the Z-guide, as well as, do some pre teaching before the movie. I did pre teach to all of the children.

So what is the result? The children that had the Zguide in front of them, while watching the movie, were able to catch the small details in the movie, that may have gone over their head, had they not had the Z-guide in front of them.  My children that used the Z-guide during the movie, thoroughly enjoyed the guide  and the movie! And in the end they were able to retain much more about the movie than the children who did not have the Z-guide!

Here is what Zeezok has to say about the Amazing Grace Z-guide;

"This z-guide contains a topic overview, movie synopsis, and ten learning activities for an in-depth study of the film. Make a speech against slavery. Learn more about William Wilberforce and the English abolitionist movement. Give a public performance of the song Amazing Grace, or make a poster opposing the slave trade. Evaluate your own beliefs with the “Worldview Activity,” probe the director’s mind with “The Filmmaker’s Art” activity, and get the entire family involved with the “For Family Discussion” section at the end of the guide. Choose those activities which best fit your student’s course objectives, areas of interest, or time schedule. Grab your front-row seat in Parliament for the decades-long struggle to eradicate the slave trade and emancipate the slaves."


Zeezok has a myriad of titles available for you to choose from! Z-guides are available for $12.99 on CD. Zeezok also has movies available for purchase. Please visit Zeezok to see what they have available.

Please also visit the crew blog to see what my crew mates have to say about Zeezok!


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