Informational texts to accompany William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
In The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind William Kamkwamba tells his own story (in partnership with Bryan Mealer) about growing up in Malawi, amid severe poverty, when he learned how to build an electricity-generating windmill. At only 14 years of age, Kamkwamba cobbled together scrap materials to build a windmill that powered his family's appliances. Following that success, Kamkwamba developed additional windmills for his village and a solar-powered water pump to supply drinking water. In his book, Kamkwamba details the harsh realities of life in Malawi and the impact his ingenuity had on his hometown.
Additional Reading Practice
- Got Garbage? (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- Wind Energy a Wise Investment (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
- An Unlikely Plant Could Fuel Africa's Economic Engine (Grades 6-8; CCSS.CCRA.R.8)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- Clean Water - Don't Take it for Granted (Grade 3; CCSS.CCRA.R.8; CCSS.W.3.1)
- A World Thirsty for Clean Water (Grade 4; CCSS.CCRA.R.8; CCSS.W.4.1)
- Wind Farms are Coming (Grade 5; CCSS.CCRA.R.1; CCSS.W.5.1)
- Pure Water for Bangladesh (Grade 5; CCSS.CCRA.R.8; CCSS.W.5.1)
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Grade 6; CCSS.RI.6.3; CCSS.W.6.2)
- Homeless to Howard (Grade 8; CCSS.RI.8.3; CCSS.W.8.2)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Perseverance: How do we overcome challenges in our country, our communities, and our lives?
- Entrepreneurship: How can entrepreneurs change the world?
Direct Instruction on Key Skills & Concepts
- Connections Within a Text (Grades 3-5; CCSS.CCRA.R.9)