Friday, December 21, 2012

Hands On Learning in the 7th Grade

One unit in the 7th grade’s study of the Middle Ages is the development of mounted horsemen, knights, as the defenders of the Holy Roman Empire and the manorial system. Topics included in the study of chivalry, the code of conduct, and heraldry, the identifying of the coats-of-arms of a knight’s family. An important mid-year assignment is the designing and making of a shield that bears a coat-of-arms. Students create their own coat-of-arms, using proper heraldic divisions, charges (symbols),and tinctures (colors). Shields are displayed in the library and at graduation each year, and often linger in a student’s bedroom for many years.

-Mrs. Herre  

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