Monday, March 25, 2013


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind By William Kamkwamba, Bryan MealerFor those of you who haven’t read it, William Kamkwamba’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope is the amazing story of a Malawian boy who figured out how to build a windmill from scraps that helped his community battle the devastating drought and famine that loomed with every season.  It is a remarkable true story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity.

One of our most popular books for Common Read programs, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind has wonderful online resources for educators:

- Alexandria City Public Schools chose The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind as a common book for 8th graders. The resources, which include detailed goals, lesson plans, and interdisciplinary suggestions for elementary school and high school, can be found here.
- BookRags also features some lesson plans on their site, in multiple formats.
- The University of South Carolina Aiken created a reading guide and research guide when The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was their 2012 First-Year Reading Experience book.
- The Museum of Science & Industry Chicago posted a lesson plan on building a wind turbine here.
- The University of North Carolina’s School of Education published a similar lesson plan on harnessing alternative energy here.
- Our reading guide for the novel can be found here

And, you and your students can meet William in his TedTalk below:

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