One unit in the 7th grade’s study of the Middle Ages is the development of mounted horsemen, knights, as the defenders of the
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.