Everything you need to understand or teach The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.
This book is the inspiring autobiography of a Malawian teenager who, in spite of the challenges posed by drought, famine and poverty, designed and built a functioning electrical system in his family home and, as a result, became internationally recognized for his innovative work. As the narrative details the determination with which young William Kamkwamba struggled to make his dreams a reality, it also explores themes related to the value of friendship and the tension between magic and science.
The narrative begins with a short prologue in which William describes his first attempt at getting his windmill to work. The initial suspicion of the towns-people gathered to watch is quickly replaced by excitement and congratulatory enthusiasm when, as the blades of the windmill spin, the light bulb in William's hand (wired to the windmill) illuminates.
The narrative proper, which takes place mostly in the early years of the...
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope Lesson Plans contain 116 pages of teaching material, including: