Coat Of Arms High School Assignment On Respect

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 Flags had been used to identify a knight in battle or in a tournament. The only problem? Flags can be easily damaged or stolen during battle! Thus, heraldry was born…


When knights began wearing armour, it became necessary for them to have another way to distinguish themselves. Painting their shields or having a special crest on their helmets could identify them during battle. It became important, however, for there to be an easy way for the herald, who had the task of announcing each combatant, to be able to recognize the many different coat-of-arms, so some form of system needed to be put into place.

King Andrew of Aragon (from 2010) bestows the title of 'knight' on Sir Kevin during the grand Order of the Knighthood Ceremony…

Literacy was not common in the Middle Ages so symbols were very important. Pictures 'tell' a story and each coat-of-arms was unique to the individual.  A coat-of-arms could be modified to indicate marriage between families; the pictures can tell the story. Two sons may share a similar coat-of-arms with a slightly different icon.

Design your own coat-of-arms, by clicking Design your Coat of Arms. Yes, you CAN print these out!
This was a sub lesson, and suprisingly, turned out fantastic!  I left lots of image examples, and written directions for the sub and for each student.  here is the lesson, including student handout and sample images, and some examples of student work finished and in progress.


            1.  Take your sheet of paper and on the back in the upper left corner, write your first and last name, class hour and date.

            2.  Choose a shield shape from the shield packet, and trace it neatly on the paper. 

            3.  The Shield should be divided into 4 equal sections, to add these 4 components; some could come from the coat of arms packet:

                        a. A symbol/ picture to represent an important place to you.

                        b. A symbol/ picture to represent a hobby or activity important to you.

                        c. An animal that represents you.

                        d. Any other symbol or picture that represents you.

            4.  Above the shield, add a personal motto (word or phrase that represents you).  Put this in a banner.

            5.  You need to add your name on a banner below.  

            6. Color the design with bright colors. 


            We have printed a family crest/coat of arms for a future project.  That is not to be used.  Instead, students are creating an original design.  They can use the packet for inspiration.

Give each student a copy of the “Student directions” packet.  It includes a template of a coat of arms. 

Give each a blank paper from off my desk (9x12).

Make sure they put their names and info on the back.

They are to trace a shield, and follow the directions to complete a design.

You should show them the partially completed example clipped to this sheet.

They are to color the designs they create with colored pencils and markers from their desks. Ask them to take  a set, use a set, return them as a set.

Try to keep them seated as much as possible, this helps with classroom discipline.

Let them know they are being graded on quality, and getting all requirements.  Poor quality drawings, poor coloring, will result in poor grade.  Take your time, do a good job, get a better grade.

Grading Rubric:
4 main components:  30 points
Name and Motto:      10 points
Coloring:                   30points
Craftsmanship:          30 points

Total                         100 points


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