Lesson of the Week: Coat of Arms

Coat of Arms by Monica Heilman (South Korea ETA)

Are you a Game of Thrones fan, eagerly anticipating the debut of Season 7? Can you tell just by looking at a shield whether a character represents House Stark, House Greyjoy, or House Martell? If so, this Coat of Arms lesson may be the perfect way for you to subtly bring your geeky obsession into your classroom.

From former secondary South Korea ETA Monica Heilman comes a lesson centered around the symbolism in coats of arms. Students review family vocabulary and learn about symbolism before designing their own coat of arms for themselves or their families. Even if your students don’t consider themselves to be artists, they will likely be interested in this chance to express who they are through simple images. The lesson is designed to last two 50-minute class periods for high school sophomores, but it can be easily adapted to meet your time requirements and your students’ levels.

Materials for this lesson can be downloaded here:

  1. Lesson Plan
  2. Coat of Arms PPT
  3. Coat of Arms Blank Template 1
  4. Coat of Arms Blank Template 2

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more lessons from ETAs across the world!

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