We had the opportunity to review “My Side of the Mountain” Z-Guide to the Moives by Zeezok Publishing. Let’s just say this was right up our mountain (keep reading, that might make more sense in a moment *grin*). We LOVE to watch movies!!! We don’t have pay TV so we don’t get any channels so everything we watch is a movie (often rented from our local library, or bought when on sale for $5 or less, or received as presents because most family knows we watch movies). So, it was REALLY nice to have an educational tie to go with watching a movie.
The majority of the z-guides are geared toward high school students, but a couple are for middle school. So, you are probably wondering, What is a “z-guide”?
It is a set of questions and activities that go along with a partcular movie.
Or as better stated by the President of Zeezok Publishing:
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. Creative and critical writing assignments nurture the student’s confidence in putting their thoughts on paper. Every guide contains a “hands-on” activity for the kinesthetic learner, designed to develop the student’s artistic talents. The “Worldview Activity” goes to the heart of critical thinking by asking the student to evaluate the actors’ attitudes and actions. “The Filmmaker’s Art” activity focuses on movie-making techniques and their effect on the viewer. Parents and siblings can contribute their thoughts with the “For Family Discussion” section at the end of each guide. Many of these discussion questions relate to moral or philosophical dilemmas present in the movie.
You can see a list of the currently available z-guides by clicking HERE. DS14 picked “My Side of the Mountain” which we rented from the library for this review…
…and the topics covered in this 32-page z-guide were: Natural Science, Henry David Thoreau and Survival Skills.
The activities included were:
- movie review questions
- more about Henry David Thoreau
- surviving in the wilderness activity
- design a wilderness home
- more on the Peregrine Falcon
- an alternative ending
- spelling/grammar checkup
- nature walk
- worldview activity
- Thoreau memorization passage
The suggested schedule is two activities per day, making this a one week item. As you can see, there is a wide variety of topics and subjects covered! The price? $12.99.
Have a wonderfully blessed day!
This product was reviewed as a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew…I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review. Everything stated here is my own opinion. You can see the direct posting with the TOS Homeschool Crew and what my fellow crewmates thought by clicking HERE.