Coat of Arms Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Unleash the creativity of your students as you drive home the meaning and significance of coats of arms throughout history. Supplementary activities and related lessons are included for further study.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • label the elements of a coat of arms
  • summarize the purpose and significance of coats of arms
  • design a personal coat of arms


1 hour


  • Large heavyweight plain paper or poster board
  • An assortment of colored markers
  • Tablets, computers, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Key Vocabulary

  • Heraldry
  • Surcoats
  • Coat of arms
  • The Decadence


  • Have the students read the text lesson What Is a Coat of Arms?.
  • Now ask each student to complete the corresponding quiz.
  • Next, have the students read the text lesson Coat of Arms: Symbols & Meanings.
  • Using the paper and markers, have students create a personal coat of arms to represent themselves. Colors and symbols should be used thoughtfully as tools to convey personal information.


  • Have students conduct online research on their family's coat of arms using their surnames.
  • Present students with images of actual coats of arms throughout history and have them interpret the meanings of the colors and the symbols.
  • Ask students to create a coat of arms for a significant figure from their history studies.

Related Lessons

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

Medieval England's Impact on Modern Democratic Thought

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