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Coat of Arms 2012

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Creating a “Coat of Arms”                                                     Name: _________________________________


Congratulations! The king is considering granting your family a coat of arms. If he does, you will be able to call yourself “Gentleman” or “Lady.” (That’s big stuff!) First, however, he wants to know about your plan for the coat of arms; you have to send him a “draft.”


Read the requirements below and create your coat of arms. Have your coat of arms ready to share by FRIDAY. The best will be recognized!


NOTE: There is also a letter to the King that must accompany your design. More details on a separate document


A “coat of arms” involves three key items:

  • A family motto. A motto is a brief statement used to express a principle, goal, or ideal. You should think of a motto for your family. You might want to ask help from your parents/guardians! Examples include:
    • Who Dares Wins (U.K. Special Air Service Regiment)
    • Swifter. Higher. Stronger. (Olympics)
    • The Best or Nothing (Daimler-Chrysler)
    • Semper Fidelis (“Always faithful” – U.S. Marine Corps)
    • Set It and Forget It (from a volleyball team)
    • Leave It All on the Field (from a soccer team)
    • Winning Isn’t Everything. It’s the Only Thing. (Vince Lombardi?)
    • Leave It Cleaner Than You Found It. (My motto for traveling groups.)
  • A design to go on a shield. This is where you can be VERY creative. You should create a shield that includes symbols that are important to your family and represent your family’s “personality.”
    • Your shield must include an ANIMAL you think represents the “personality” of your family. You may know that a lion represents fierceness and royalty. An owl represents wisdom. Be creative. If you think a dolphin is best to represent your family, be prepared to explain how your family’s characteristics are demonstrated by a dolphin.
    • Your shield must include an OBJECT such as a plant or shape. An olive branch represents peace. A thorn bush represents – well – something prickly (so you had better handle with care)! If your family loves babies, maybe there’s a pacifier somewhere on the shield. If your family always takes road trips, then perhaps there’s a flat tire somewhere on your shield (to represent that getting to your destination isn’t always smooth!). If your family values having pizza together every Friday, perhaps there’s a pizza slice somewhere – and if your family isn’t adventurous, perhaps the pizza only has one topping representing your family’s limited preferences. You get the idea.
    • COLOR. Don’t overdo it unless your family lives in a hippie commune, then tie-dye is okay. Select colors that have meaning!


HINT: You might want to practice your ideas before creating your final version. Consider tracing the template on a few pieces of scratch paper.


GRADING: Your grade is weighted mostly on how well you can explain your choices. If you just throw something together that looks cool, but can’t explain what everything means and why you included it, then you will not earn a good grade. So THINK about your motto. THINK about what will go on the shield and why.



  1. Shield drawing with family name and motto
  2. Explanation sheet that interprets the motto and all aspects of the shield
  3. Formal letter to the king that asks for finalization of the coat of arms and explains its contents in paragraph format

Business letter format

Appropriate salutation

Style and voice appropriate for the audience (a KING!)

Logical organization

Appropriate closing

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