The Travels of Marco Polo

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Were the stories of Marco Polo's travels and interactions with the Mongols actually true? Using an excerpt from the book The Travels of Marco Polo, your young historians will answer guiding questions to discuss the accuracy and credibility of this historical text. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Because the text was written by Rusticello, who conveyed his conversations with Polo when they were imprisoned together, this would be a fantastic opportunity to discuss what truly defines a primary and secondary source, as well as the reliability of historical records as a whole
Classroom Considerations

  • While the resource is in PowerPoint presentation format, you can easily print the slides for student worksheets. Then, project the PowerPoint to model analysis and use as a guide for discussion
  • Pupils should have some foundational knowledge of the Mongols and Marco Polo's background prior to beginning this activity
Pros

  • Excellent opportunity for discussing primary and secondary sources
  • Text and questions provided in PowerPoint format, which can also be printed into worksheets
Cons

  • None