This lesson is designed to be used as part of the American Symbols Unit. In this lesson, the students will learn all about the Coat of Arms of the Unites States. At the end of this lesson, the students should be able to identify elements of the American patriotic symbols in the Great Seal of the United States, identify where the number 13 shows up on the Great Seal, and articulate how the design of the Great Seal represents the unity of the United States. This lesson plan includes objective, essential question, evaluation methods, standards, procedural steps for the attention getter, summary directive, group instruction/demonstration, guided practice, independent practice, assessment, and closure. There is also an ELL differentiated instruction component.