This activity tasks students with finding and recreating a newspaper ad. After finding an ad, students must write about the errors they see, then make two sketches of possible remakes of the ad. After seeking input on the two sketches from a classmate and the teacher, students will use a designated computer application to create one of their sketches. After they've finished their ad, they will write a paragraph explaining how their ad improves on the original and follows basic design principles.
This activity could also be done with a magazine ad and would be a great addition to an emergency sub folder.