Thursday, November 01, 2007

Heraldry the Modern Way

It's amazing what can be done with the internet, MS Word, transfer paper, an iron, and T-shirts. We are doing a schoolwide study on King Arthur. Every student in our high school has been reading and studying the Arthurian legends. We selected this as our English project this year because we felt that many of our students were missing a significant cultural background that forms the basis for understanding all kinds of popular and academic references. Consider, for example, Indiana Jones or The Da Vinci Code. We are finishing up this coming week with a dinner, some mock jousting, class projects, and an activity in which Arthur and Guenevere will draw names and knight and "lady" selected students. Each student chosen will be presented with a T-shirt describing his character's part in the legend to wear for the rest of the day. I just finished the shirts; the descriptive paragraphs are on the back.

From L to R, top row: The Lady of the Lake, The Lady of Shalott, Sir Percival, Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, Sir Gawain, Sir Bedivere, Sir Lancelot. Bottom: Igraine and Sir Thomas Malory, who compiled the stories, represented not by his crest but by a manuscript page of his text.

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