We just finished up our cumulative project for the Elements of Design. Students studied each element and had a corresponding activity and then we had an all encompassing assignment that featured all of the elements. If you would like more details about the assignment, it's on my under the Graphic Design 1 tab.
Here are are a couple of exceptional examples from class.
Additionally, we went on a mini-class field trip to analyze ads using an elements of design rubric. I took a couple of class photos from 3rd and 5th hour :)