Design a book character coat of arms and add a creative twist to your next novel unit! I originally used this coat of arms template for a book study that had a medieval setting. However, the students were so excited about the project that I adapted the activity. The resource can be used at a variety of grade levels and adapted to different subject areas. Originally, my students analyzed key character traits and created a coat of arms to represent an important book character. Since then, I have used the project three different ways.
3 Ways to Use the Book Character Coat of Arms
- Use as a back-to-school get to know you activity. During the first few days of school, students design a personal coat or arms. It should include four pictures that represent a little about the student. Students can share in small groups or in front of the whole class. After the group shares, teachers can display the finished coat of arms to help students get to know each other.
- Incorporate into a history or social studies unit. The most obvious way to use the template in history is during a study of the medieval age. But, any time period or location where people used shields will work. Students can create a coat of arms for an important figure. You can also create a shield to represent a specific battle from the time, an aspect of daily life, castles or royalty, or other significant events.
- Use during a novel study to show understanding of a main character. Students identify four key traits of a main character. Next, they draw and color symbols for those traits in the spaces on the coat of arms. Teachers can also ask students to add labels or write an explanation of their symbol choices at the bottom of the page.