Polk Middle students solve Italian murder mystery

Stephanie Gilbert’s social studies classes at Polk County Middle School recently became crime scene investigators.

Students investigated the murder mystery of Giuliano de’ Medici and an attempt to wipe out the powerful Medici family in Florence, Italy during the Renaissance.

Class members examined evidence at eight different exhibits from various sources – maps, bank records, affidavits, coded letters, video clips and more.

After gathering all the evidence, they had to write an indictment to charge the defendant and provide three convincing pieces of evidence to back up their charge.