This project is always a favorite during the Middle Ages unit in World History! We spent about two weeks working on this project in class, but this project can easily be condensed to a week if you allow students to work on the project at home.
This resource includes:
-Introduction to the project
-Project planning sheet
-8 slide PowerPoint presentation to introduce the project
-Student work samples of past projects
I typically spend one day introducing the project, reviewing the rubric and criteria that the project entails, and going through the PowerPoint with the students. This PowerPoint is great because it is easy for students to reference as they are researching and planning their shield design. It introduces heraldry, gives examples of modern day heraldry, and explains the meaning of symbols, colors, designs, etc. It has all of the information the students will need for their project!
After day one, I allow 1-2 days for research and planning. This is when the students will use their planning worksheet to outline the design of their shield.
I always check with every student as they finish their planning sheet to get a general idea of their project, and if it aligns with all criteria.
In addition to creating their shield (using cardboard, poster board, wood, etc.), the students must write a one-paragraph description of their shield, describing why it looks the way that it does. On the due date, we typically do a gallery walk to admire all of the shields.