Law and Order: Cathay


History Mystery - Marco Polo

Did Marco Polo really visit China in the 1200s? Complete the following lab to find out! You will investigate multiple primary sources including pages from his book, his will and some videos of the places he described.

Your task is to fill in the Investigation Journal as you examine the exhibits.


Time: 45 Minutes

Materials: video player, printed exhibits, posterboard (optional)

Investigation Journal [PDF]

Exhibits [PDF1] [PDF2]
(The remaining 2 parts of exhibit B are only in PDF2)

Slides 3-6: Exhibit A
Slides 8-9: Exhibit E
Slide 10: Exhibit F
Slide 11: Exhibit D (along with the video)
Slides 12-14: Exhibit B
Slide 15-16: Exhibit C
Slides 17-18: Exhibit G
Slide 19: Exhibit H


Want to know the background info on the case? Watch the introduction video below.





Exhibit D: The Beijing Bridge

Read the description of the bridge in the "Exhibits' file above then view the following video.