The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (7th Grade)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (7th Grade)

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the true story of a Malawi boy who responded
to a drought that forced famine on his country. With his formal education
interrupted by poverty, he turned to a library funded by the American government
to piece together how to harness wind and create electricity. Lessons on renewable
and nonrenewable energy sources, text features of graphic novels, film adaptations
of text, and the necessary steps to solve a problem will energize and wind the
thinking gears of students.

This module contains the following lessons:

  • I’ve Got Your Back
  • Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
  • Harness as a Verb
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
  • Pencil to Pen
  • Paper to Page
  • I Try
  • One Story. Two Adaptations.
  • Harness the Wind
  • Harness It

Key Vocabulary:

Layout, Frame, Gutter, Special Effects/Sound, Speech Bubble,
Thought Bubble, Close-ups, Caption, Harnessed, Renewable Energy, Nonrenewable
Energy, Tone, Idea, Outline, Pencil Thumbnails, Ink, Color, Lettering, Collage,
Cinematography, Lines, Texture, Contrast, Focal Point, Hanger, Suspension Cords,
Platform, Tubes, Striker, Sail