Marco Polo was an interesting man. As near as I can tell a great deal of why we know SO much about him is because he was amazingly good at self promotion, kind of like Julius Caesar. Both Italian men kept incredibly detailed journals, and then published them to promote themselves. In honor of that I opted to give my kids quite a few writing assignments as we studied him. So our Marco Polo unit is going to be both homeschool history and homeschool writing while we’re at it.
Coming up this week in our Marco Polo unit
First, just like all of the other units, we’re going to have some Marco Polo resources (I like my books, and my videos)
Then we’ll put together a portfolio inspired by Asian art, like one Marco Polo might have carried his documents in. A fun little homeschool art project.
If we have a portfolio, we’ll need something to put in it, so I’ll share with you the Marco Polo writing prompts I created. We were focusing on using our five senses each day in our writing to improve our writing.
Marco Polo was famous for his trading, so of course we had to recreate a market Marco Polo might have traded in. It was quite hilarious to see the kids pretend to trade for items and take turns working in the market.
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