Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Marco Polo Study: Let the Adventures Begin

Marco Polo was born in Venice around 1254. He died January 9, 1324. He lived a very interesting life. Starting at the age of 17, he began a journey that lasted for 24 years and more than 24,000 miles. He came from a line of Venetian Merchants, a very lucrative career in the booming silk and spice trades.

Marco's travels inspired many folks who went on to "discover" other places around the world. And he provides our family with a terrific opportunity to study Europe and Asia. I am working on a year long series on the Polo family travels and thought I'd share it with you. Enjoy and please post any additional information you have for us or corrections. 

Book Resources
Marco Polo: Voyager to the Orient (People of Distinction)


Internet Resources
National Geographic
Met Museum
The Marco Polo Odyssey
Edsitement Lessons



The chapter The Story of Marco Polo in The Discovery of New Worlds.

He went with Marco Polo: A Story of Venice and Cathay (We will be using this one as a free read in summer).

We will be using Marco Polo: A Story of the Middle Ages as weekly readings.

Up next: The Silk Road and Spice Trade

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Rebecca Miller said...

Thank you for sharing Bethany. We are using Marco Polo for Kids. I also rented a very good movie on Netflix. There were a couple of scenes not appropriate but I sent my boy out and fast forwarded through it. It really helped him to picture the story. Happy Thanksgiving!

Rebecca in TX

Bethany said...

Thanks! We'll look into the movies!

Susan said...

What a great idea, and a very nice collection of resources! Thanks so much for sharing and linking to Favorite Resources!!

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