Monday, 22 September 2014 17:36

Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo for Educators


 Frank Lloyd Wright's Buffalo For Educators

More than a biography of America’s greatest architect, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S BUFFALO is a story of familyfriendship and the meaning of home in American life.

The program explores how a friendship spanning decades affected the structural aesthetic of a major American city and made a significant impact on architectural history. Buffalo, New York has the unique privilege of having more Frank Lloyd Wright structures than any other city in America outside of Chicago.

This collection of architecture is due to one man: Buffalo businessman Darwin D. Martin. The centerpiece of Wright’s work in Buffalo is one of Wright's earliest designs, the Darwin Martin House. Built in 1904, it precedes such masterpieces as the Robie House and Fallingwater and is considered by many as the finest example of his prairie house design. The current restoration of the Martin estate is the springboard into FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S BUFFALO. 

Contained within the walls of the estate is the extraordinary story of the thirty year friendship that developed between Wright and Martin—a friendship that has been largely overlooked by Wright historians. Through the prism of this friendship, the film explores the importance of Buffalo during Wright’s early career, the architectural significance of the Martin estate, and the development of Wright’s first large-scale commercial commission, the Larkin Building. 

Over the course of thirty years, Martin became Wright’s closest friend and confidant. He looked to Martin for support both financially and emotionally. Insightful letters between the two men dramatically tell of the architect’s motivations, his human frailties and foibles. More than a story of architecture, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S BUFFALO is a revealing and surprising look into the world of the greatest architect that America has ever produced.

Why Study Frank Lloyd Wright and Darwin D. Martin?

The creation of that which is uniquely American was a long time coming. From the American Revolutionary War to Britain’s second defeat at the hands of the Americans during the War of 1812, many Europeans believed that the upstart young nation would never survive.

Following the War of 1812, which some historians refer to as, “America’s Second War for Independence,” the new nation began to receive more respect around the world. Yet, it would take the better part of the next century before truly American business, religion, art, music, literature and architecture emerged.

Americans of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century flexed their creative muscles and were delighted to burst upon the world stage as not only artists and entrepreneurs, but as creators of an entirely new national consciousness.

The story of the Wright – Martin friendship is a microcosm of what was occurring across America at that time. It is a story of a businessman who came from nothing and an architect with a belief in his vision. It is the story of flourishing industrial cities and the expansive American landscape.

Join us, with your students, as we look at a story of family, friendship and the meaning of home in American life. Answer the question for yourself and your students, “How did the friendship between Frank Lloyd Wright and his wealthy Buffalo client, Darwin D. Martin, affect the structural aesthetic of a major American city and make a significant impact on architectural history?

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Monday, 22 September 2014 14:15

PBS KIDS Writers Contest


 PBS KIDS Writers Contest



The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills through hands-on, active learning. Partnering with PBS stations nationwide, the Contest encourages children in grades K-3 in communities across the country to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original work.


The Contest is structured the same as the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest of past years. Children in grades kindergarten through third are encouraged to write and illustrate stories and submit them to their local stations, which will select winners and award prizes. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest will be a LOCAL ONLY contest in 2016.                                              

This year's local-only Contest deadline is April 1, 2016.


Entry Form                                                      Rules


Please mail your stories to:


WNED/PBS KIDS Writers Contest

140 Lower Terrace

Buffalo, New York 14202


Any contest questions, please contact Beth Fronckowiak at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 716-845-7000 ext. 373


Read stories from previous years!


Teacher, Facilitator, & Parent Resources

The PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest is a perfect fit for exercising Core Curriculum guidelines in ELA. The contest naturally provides teachers several of the criteria in the ELA Core Curriculum Standards. Not only will teachers be meeting Core Curriculum Standards, but students will have fun in creating something special of their own with a possibility of winning a national writing and illustrating competition. What is needed in order to enter the contest is nothing outside of ordinary ELA lessons.

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Even short stories are complex, and require students to work on a number of elements: characters, plot/story structure, climax/resolution, and setting. This worksheet is intended to help your students expand upon their story idea(s) to develop a strong story.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students start to form ideas for potential stories. The activity provides your students with a blank page to freely develop story ideas through text and illustration. Serving as a precursor to the Brainstorming sheet, this is a place for the child to draw or write topic ideas for their story.

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This supplementary worksheet is designed to help children think about the relationship of images and illustrations to text, or captions. The worksheet provides a few examples of pictures and captions. You can leave the rest of the worksheet blank for your students to draw pictures and write captions for each picture, or you can pre-populate some of the spaces with images to help your student relate current lessons to the story writing project.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students practice making thoughtful, engaging illustrations for their stories. Students can practice making an illustration in the box labeled “School.” Then, they can choose seven additional words to illustrate in each of the remaining boxes. We’ve provided a few examples of words, if they need ideas. Once they’ve completed the illustrations have them review and explain their words and illustrations to a classmate.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students develop self-criticism skills so that they can refine and improve their stories.

There are two versions of this worksheet, this one has blank questions and answers for you to fill out based on the reading and writing skills of your students.

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This worksheet is intended to help your students develop self-criticism skills so that they can refine and improve their stories.

There are two versions of this worksheet, this one has the questions and answers filled out.

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Tuesday, 05 November 2013 17:33

Horizon Gallery

Display your masterpiece in the WNED ǀ WBFO Horizon Gallery!

WNED ǀ WBFO’s Horizon Gallery is open to local artists wishing to exhibit their artwork.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for availability.



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