Our family is very selective in the movies that we view in our home. However, we enjoy a fun-filled movie night as often as we can. I enjoy movies that not only entertain us but come along side what we are studying and give us more to think about and understand. We recently had the opportunity to review a product that can enhance your family studies or just make movie night more than just a movie.
Zeezok Publishing was established in 2003 and has been a supplier of quality literature and educational books. Zeezok has a wonderful resource, z-guides to the Movies, that I was thrilled to take a peek at.
There are a variety of z-guides to choose from and I chose Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. This z-guide is targeted at high school age students. The z-guide tells you what topics will be addressed in the study. For instance, in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington you will cover US Government, US Senate Procedures, Innocence vs. Corruption and more. A topical overview and movie synopsis are given.
The guides gives a suggested viewing/activity plan. In Mr. Smith Goes to Washington z-guide, it was to be used over a 5 day period. After watching the movie the first time, there were discussion questions. Each day after that you can choose from suggested activities for further learning. Some activities will call for you to view parts of the movie again or the movie in its entirety.
One suggested activity for the Mr. Smith z-guide is to write a news article on the Smith Filibuster. The activity could be as simple as a crossword puzzle or an in-depth activity called Filmmaker’s Art. In Filmmaker’s Art you take a look at the movie and study the importance of how a scene was lighted or character’s name.
Family discussion questions are provided so everyone can join in and gain knowledge from the film. Thankfully, an answer key is provided!
What did we think of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington z-guide?
I must share a disclaimer first. Due to family circumstances, I had to go with a film we owned so that I was sure we could view it. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was the only film we personally owned. Our oldest is only 12 so I don’t feel we used the guide to the greatest potential. We will be using the guide again soon to dig a bit deeper.
Despite those issues, I was thoroughly impressed with the z-guide. The questions and activities didn’t take away from enjoying the movie but really aided in understanding so much about government. It is a perfect resource for anyone studying government.
For anyone who likes to utilize methods outside of the “box” for learning, the z-guides are an excellent choice. Maybe you want to take a break from the normal routine and have a week of a more relaxed study. With z-guides you can easily make movie night a time of great discussion and learning with little work. Zeezok has done the work for you!
**Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received a complimentary copy of this product. No compensation was made. The opinions, thoughts and experiences share in this post are my own.