I recently learned about these wonderful movie guides put out by Zeezok Publishing. Z-guides to the Movies are unit studies for movies geared toward middle-high school students, and are a great way to incorporate media into any curriculum. We were excited to receive the z-guide to Red Badge of Courage. For a complete list of titles available, visit the Zeezok website.
For $12.99 you get either a CD or downloadable ebook. Each guide contains a topic overview, movie synopsis, and ten learning activities for an in-depth study of the film. The topic overview puts the film in historical context, giving a student with no prior knowledge of the topic important background information. The one-page movie synopsis provides a more detailed explanation of the movie’s storyline than typically found on the back cover of the video case or on movie review websites. While watching the film the first time through, students answer the
movie review questions. This assignment forces the viewer to become an active learner rather than a passive observer. Nine additional activities provide interdisciplinary educational opportunities built around the movie’s themes.
Activities in The Red Badge of Courage z-guide included character studies, family discussion questions, sketch a scene from the movie, writing a letter of encouragement, and more.
What we thought:
We chose The Red Badge of Courage because Samantha read the book for school last year and really liked the story. Unfortunately, she didn’t like the movie nearly as much. However, she enjoyed the activities in the z-guide and I think they really gave her a deeper understanding of the story. I think these guides are priced perfectly and have great content. I’m excited to purchase other titles to incorporate into our studies!
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*As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I received a free z-guide for review purposes. All opinions stated are my own, and are not influenced in any way by the free product.