Zeezok Publishing's Z-Guide to Apollo 13 is a great way to incorporate media into your study of the Cold War or U.S. History.
Parental Warning: Movie contains objectionable language sexual innuendo and brief partial nudity.
Astronaut Jim Lovell wants nothing more from his career than the privilege of walking on the moon. Hes elated when a medical condition bumps his crew from backup status to lead crew for Apollo 13. In spite of his wifes premonition Jim enthusiastically plunges into the training and preparation for the trip. Even the removal of his good friend Ken Mattingly from the crew can scarcely dampen his enthusiasm. What started out as the dream of a lifetime becomes a nightmare when a mid-space explosion jeopardizes not only the lunar landing but also the safe return of the crew. Like he did on Apollo 8 Jim can only stare longingly at the moons surface as the damaged spacecraft circles the lunar orb before heading back to earth. As the nation waits and prays the members of Mission Control solve problems on the fly and develop the procedures that will bring the craft and crew home safely. Director Ron Howards suspense thriller is a fitting tribute to this modern-day miracle.
This Z-Guide contains a topic overview movie synopsis and ten learning activities for an in-depth study of the film and the turbulent decade of the 1960s. Learn more about the space race between the Soviet Union and the United States. Memorize a portion of the Kranz Dictum that altered NASAs mission statement following the Apollo 1 disaster. Discuss the difficulties of leadership analyze the role of the news media or ponder the place of technology in our society. Evaluate your own beliefs with the worldview activity probe the directors mind with The Filmmakers Art activity and get the entire family involved with the For Family Discussion section at the end of the guide. Choose those activities which best fit your students course objectives areas of interest or time schedule.
Contains a printable pdf file of the complete study guide. It does not include the movie. This file is licensed to the original purchaser and is not to be resold. Permission is not granted for district-wide school-wide system-wide classroom or co-op use. (Movie sold separately.)
This Z-Guide is based on the movie Apollo 13 (1995). You can view a trailer for the movie below.