Marco Polo CSI Investigation: Was Marco Polo a Fraud?
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In this highly-engaging Marco Polo investigation, students become detectives as they attempt to determine the legacy of Marco Polo and his travels.
Students travel throughout the room as they are engaged by a variety of pieces of evidence on the validity of Marco Polo's journey to China. Students examine eight different stations covering four different exhibits to develop a well-rounded view of Polo's experiences.
Students complete a two-page graphic organizer that will guide them through eight different stations on Marco Polo's adventure. Students uncover inaccuracies in Polo's own accounts by examining a variety of primary sources! Also, students learn how Polo is viewed by modern historians, the role of Rustichello (also Rusticello), and are asked to make assumptions based on the surprising omissions that Polo "left out" of his tales.
In the end, students make a claim on Marco Polo's travels and if he can be categorized as a "fraud" or not!
Tons of fun, very hands-on, and very engaging!
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