Symbolism in Coats of Arms

Coats of Arms – also knows as HERALDRY – is the use of symbols to make it easy to recognize people from different families or armies.

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You will read a story about shields, then design your own. When you are finished with designing your own shield, do the following: –

  1. Make a new post on your blog. Give it the title ‘My shield’, and put it in the ‘U.o.I.’ category
  2. Take a photo of your shield with Photo Booth and post it to your blog. Can you remember how to FLIP and image?
  3. Write a few sentences explaining why you chose your colours underneath your photo
  4. Then write a few sentences explaining why you chose your animal

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Here is a fiction story about how symbols got onto shields.

The Red and Blue Shields

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Now it’s time to make your own shield!

Choose one of these shield shapes, and print out the one you like the most.

Shield shape 1                       Shield shape 2

It is time to consider the background (or the field). Will it be a plain background with one colour? Will you have more than one colour?

Here are some ideas for more detailed shield backgrounds.  Here are even more ideas for more detailed shield backgrounds.

In your U.o.I. book plan your shield. Is your idea taking shape?

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Think about some colours you would like to represent you to go on your background. What message do you want your colours to give to people about you?

In the old days, there were only these colours available: –

blue        red           green         black         purple          orange

Why do you think that was?   Click here if you want to know more about the meaning of the colours.

These were added later to show wealth     white or grey (silver)     yellow (gold)

You can choose ANY colour for your shield. Which colours will you choose and why?

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Now…. are you ready to choose an animal to represent you? Can you remember the SPIN activity you did about animals last week?

What animal will you choose as your symbols and why?

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Now go back to the top and follow he instructions for putting your shield onto your blog.

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