This is a 5 page assignment sheet that includes a description of the assignment, assignment goals, assignment breakdown, a research question sheet, and an evaluation sheet.
The assignment gives students three illustration options to create something that would normally be found in either a newspaper or magazine.
This assignment would be best for high school art. I have done it with grade 11 and 12 students. It can be paired with drawing lessons in ink, contemporary and past illustrators, and also how illustrators make a living today. It is a good assignment for helping students to see the relevance of art in today's world, because media publications are such a big part of what drives culture.