1. Students start with a square piece of drawing paper. (I recommend one about 6″.) They measure and mark the center of each side and draw lines connecting them to make the four squares.
2. Next they use a ruler to draw horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines as shown to make very simple block letters. No measuring is necessary, the goal is to just make straight lines, be they tilted or not.
3. The lines are traced with a black Sharpie marker.
4. The shapes are colored in with *markers. To make the letters stand out, they need to be a different color group from the background. My example has warm letters and a cool background, but the groups could be swapped.
*I prefer the Stabilo brand of markers I find at Aaron Bros. They have lots of colors and are easy to work with.