Asian Heritage Month is celebrated in Canada and the US in the month of May. Here is just one movie that may be useful to view with your high schooler to enhance your studies this coming month.
In the movie Marco Polo, Marco is portrayed as a curious boy who travels with his father and uncle on a trip to China. His thirst for knowledge enables him to remain in China as a member of Kublai Khan’s court. Some of the Chinese aristocracy, are not happy with this so-called barbarian’s relationship with their leader. In spite of their opposition, Marco Polo becomes one of the khan’s most trusted advisers—even leading fact-finding expeditions throughout the entire empire. Will a young Chinese woman cause him to betray his loyalty to the khan? Join Marco Polo for non-stop excitement and adventure in Asia!
The Z-Guide to Marco Polo is a great learning companion to the movie. It contains a topic overview, movie synopsis, and ten learning activities for an in-depth study of the film. Learn more about Kublai Khan and Chinese cultural achievements. Write an alternative story line and dialogue for the film or plan a Chinese grand tour of Europe showcasing Chinese accomplishments. Evaluate your own beliefs with the worldview activity, probe the director’s mind with “The Filmmaker’s Art” activity, and get the entire family involved with the “For Family Discussion” section at the end of the guide. Choose those activities which best fit you and your homeschool, co-op, or school.
What movies have you or will you be watching for Asian Heritage Month?