Middle school students will produce amazing work when given the opportunity to socialize and collaborate to produce a product. Consider
placing them in teams and running a design challenge. This challenge will tap Technology and Career Education (National Standards).
Brainstorm the components of the challenge. Consider points for a range of activities:
- A brochure representing their architectural firm
- Student-created renditions of some of Wright's buildings
- A mock interview with Wright
- A realtor's flier with pertinent details of Wright's houses that are currently for sale or of their newly designed house
- A research paper on their favorite style of architecture
- A debate between Louis Sullivan, Wright's mentor and Frank Lloyd Wright
- An editorial to support the preservation an architectural landmark
- A video conference with a local architect
It is often heard that students are not learning the skills they will need for the future. Wright is the role model of a visionary.
The skills he used, such as experimentation, communication, technology, and creativity, will always mark the future.