Now, I know some of you may think that this project I want them to do is a little elementary, and to an extent I agree, but let me explain why I am starting off a little "easy". I have not had this group of students since 6th grade, which was my 1st year of teaching. When I taught them, I did not really touch on the elements and principles very much. Only recently, as I have gotten a good grasp on how the school year goes, have I really focused my elementary curriculum on incorporating those important art ideas. I also know that the previous high school teacher may have slightly touched on these elements and principles in 7th grade, but the retention rate of this information is very low from 7th grade to 9th grade, particularly since interest in the art department in high school students has dropped the last few years and students don't receive art in 8th grade. I also know that the previous teacher did not do much for writing/Common Core type assignments with the students, so I want to break them in easy...I'm hoping by starting out with a simple project for what is often viewed as "boring" subject matter will get me some positive results. Ideally, as the next few years move on, the incoming 9th graders will hopefully be retaining more of the elements and principles from their years in the elementary room and I won't have to spend an entire unit on the topic, but we'll see how the next few years go!
The following are homework assignments that will be assigned to students to help learn the vocabulary. I couldn't find a word search or crossword that included all the vocabulary I wanted, so I found two great websites that you can use for FREE to create your own! I found this Word Search Generator on A to Z Teacher Stuff. You type in the words you want to include, give it a title, and choose the shape and size of the word search space. Click on "Create Puzzle" and it generates the word search! You can either save the webpage to your computer, print it directly from the page that pops up (and then photo copy) or do like I did, copy and paste it into Microsoft Word to make it a document.
To create the crossword puzzle, I used Discovery Education's Puzzlemaker. Again, you give it a title, decide the number of squares for the size, and then enter the information. For this one, it's a little different. You have to type the answer first (one word, or if you do two words, type them without the space) and then hit the space bar and type in the clue, all on the same line without any commas. If your clue goes onto the second line, it's fine, you just hit return to go to the next clean line to enter the next word and clue. Create the puzzle, and it's the same process as the word search to save.