TOS Review: Z-Guide to the Movie Kit

     For this latest TOS Homeschool Crew review, we chose the brand new Z-Guide to the American Girl movie Kit Kittredge.

     This has been such an interesting Unit Study. We chose to use a movie for this that we already enjoyed and which covered a time period we wanted to learn about more.

     The Topic Overview at the beginning of this study provides a history for the time period. Although the instructions recommend reading through the Movie Review Questions prior to watching the film for the first time, be aware that some of the mystery solved during the movie is given away by the words in the questions. The questions did, however, make us pay more attention to specific details.

     We searched for books at our library which covered this time period and were able to find many which helped us answer the questions in several included activities and learn more about the Great Depression.

     I think of movies as fun. This Z Guide was a lot more in depth than I imagined, and led to my girls and I having a much better understanding of this period in our nation’s history. This was a great way to combine learning about the Depression with an enjoyable movie. 

     Zeezok has many other Z-guides available on CD for $12.99 each, and the movies are available on their site as well. 

    From the website: "Zeezok Publishing’s z-guide to Kit Kittredge is an original way to incorporate media into your study of the Great Depression.

This guide contains a topic overview, movie synopsis, and ten learning activities based on this family-friendly film. Learn more about the hardships families faced in the Great Depression. Decipher coded messages using hobo signs. Design your own Depression era fashion show. Be a journalist, like Kit, and write a newspaper article. Play “Who Am I?” with your family and friends. Learn Depression-related vocabulary. Distinguish irony from foreshadowing. Determine whether prejudice is ever acceptable. Share personal responses to the “For Family Discussion” questions and experience life in middle America during the worst economic depression in American history."

    Disclaimer: We were provided with a download of this product for the purpose of this review. 

    See what other members of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew share about this and other Z-Guides.



  1. I think Kit will be next on our list of zguides to use. We did enjoy One Night With the King.

  2. Anonymous4/04/2011

    Really Gr8 ! Thanks For sharing..


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