Sunday, January 8, 2012

To Kill a Mockingbird - Zeezok Z Guide to the Movies - Review

Zeezok Publishing, LLC
PO Box 1960
Elyria, OH  44036
ISBN 978-1-61006-029-5
Copyright 2011

recommended age - High School

Click here to check out the Z Guides and purchase. 

The DVDs are available also.  Zeezok has a Z Guide Timeline which allows you to pick movies to cover topics for relevant time periods.  The Z Guides all sell for the same price.  The movies sell for various prices.  You'll find Z Guides for The Hiding Place, Flyboys, Sergeant York, Father Goose, Sink the Bismarck, The Red Badge of Courage, My Side of the Mountain, Kit Kittredge and many more.

I recently received a free copy of Z Guide to the Movies - To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Tim Spickler, M.Ed., to use to provide my a review.   I received and reviewed a different one last year about My Side of the Mountain.  Let me tell you a bit about this second pick:

Z Guide to the Movies - To Kill a Mockingbird is a 33 page guide to be used with the 1962 movie To Kill a Mockingbird.  It covers topics such as U.S. History (Great Depression), Race Relations, Courtroom Procedures and Consequences of Lying.  The Z Guide contains Worldview and Hands-on Activities as well as Review Questions and Filmmaker's Art.  

Here's what you'll find in the Z Guide, according to the Table of Contents:
  • How to Use This Guide
  • Topic Overview
  • Activity 1 - Movie Review Questions
  • Activity 2 - Alabama in the 1930s
  • Activity 3  - Race Relations in To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Activity 4 - Secondary Story Line in To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Activity 5 - Art Project: Courtroom Sketch
  • Activity 6 - News Media Interview
  • Activity 7 - To Kill a Mockingbird Alternative Ending
  • Activity 8 - Crossword Puzzle
  • Activity 9 - Worldview Activity
  • Activity 10 - The Filmmaker's Art
  • For Family Discussion
  • Additional Resources for Further Study
  • Answer Key

The Z Guide gives a suggested five-day plan to complete the 10 Activities, 2 each day.  This plan is flexible, however, and you can pick and choose the parts you complete.

What did we think of this Z Guide?

We like these guides.  The Z Guides help watchers understand the story in a movie to a deeper level as well as helping watchers apply relevant portions to their lives.  The activities are relevant, thought-provoking and fun.  Having read and seen the movie of this story, I think the materials in the Z Guide are quite comprehensive and very helpful. 
We enjoy the discussion questions and activities suggested in the Z Guides and may track down a few more.  The Z Guides are quite reasonable in price for the content.
I'm not here to tell you about the movie, although the book and movie for this are excellent, just the Z Guide.  **This story is definitely High School level due to content.**  You really should get this one and check it out with your older children.  I think you'll be pleased.  Great job again Zeezok Publishing!

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of the above-mentioned product to use to provide an honest review.  I did not and will not receive further compensation.  Thoughts and opinions are my own.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

You can see what TOS Review Crew members thought of the Z Guides here

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