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January 14

posted Jan 13, 2013, 8:32 PM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 14, 2013, 4:42 AM ]
NOTE: Many students were absent Friday for the test, so we'll go over it in class tomorrow. Grades for the multiple choice portion are posted on Skyward, so you can find your score there if you like. If YOU were gone Friday, you need to take the test today. It's open-note, and you may retake it.
Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?What idea, topic, or subject is important for me to learn and understand so that I can do this?What will I do to show that I can do this? How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain some of the basic elements of Marco Polo's life and travels.
I need to think about how someone can prove  that a story is true, and consider whether Marco Polo's stories were mostly true or not.  
I will create a watch a video and answer some questions about it.    This is a formative assessment. I need to answer most of the questions on the assignment while watching the video. 

Imagine that you left White Salmon for twenty years to a some place on earth that no one you knew had ever been to.  Some may have heard of it, but very few knew much about it at all. 

When you returned home, after those 20 years, you would have stories to tell about places you had seen and people you had met. But as you told your stories -- all from memory (you lost your camera, laptop, and notes along the way) --  they are so strange and unknown that your family and friends aren't sure if they should believe you. You may be convinced that the stories you have to tell are all true, but your friends, family, and those who hear of them aren't so sure. 

This is similar to the story of someone you may have heard of: Marco Polo. 
In the 13th Century, Marco and his father and uncle set out from their home in Italy, traveling to the East in search of trade; nearly 25 years passed before he returned to his Italian home, where he told his story. His tales amazed others, inspiring some to set their sights on similar travels, others to doubt whether he was telling the truth. 

Today, you'll learn more about this thirteenth-century traveler by watching a video and considering some questions. Underneath all, you need to think carefully about whether YOU believe the stories he had to tell were true. 

As you watch, pay attention to the clues that help you decide if Marco Polo's stories are true, or untrue, or somewhere in between. 


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