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Ms. Walker from Oklahoma City OK is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Harnessing the Wind with Nonfiction

My students need a class set of copies of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind so that they can discover (and fall in love with!) the world of nonfiction.

  • $487 goal

This project expired on May 7, 2013.

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My Students

Nonfiction books invite readers to discover the world around them. In order to help my students become voracious readers who hunger for information, they need an inspiring story to sink their teeth into.

My students are sixth graders at a high achieving charter school in urban Oklahoma City.

The majority of them come from low income minority families, and many of them will be the first of their family to attend college. They attend school from 7:30 to 4:30 every day, about two hours longer than most students, and they take hours of homework home with them each night. Simply put, these kids work hard. They deserve to read high quality books that will inspire and educate them.

My Project

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer is the memoir of a boy who grew up in a small village of Malawi where his educational opportunities were limited. William uses a library book to build an electricity generating windmill from scraps that forever changes his life. Because most college majors and careers deal primarily with nonfiction, it is critically important that my students fall in love with nonfiction reading.Through reading this memoir, students will engage in a variety of topics including Malawi, life in non industrial areas, wind power, and the importance of education. The writer of this book, William Kamkwamba, has done a number of interviews and been featured in a documentary. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will introduce my students to a great variety of nonfiction subgenres, and it will inspire them to explore the world around them.

This book will make nonfiction exciting for my students.

It will bring them places and ideas that are totally unfamiliar to them as natives of Oklahoma City. It will raise questions for them that inspire them to conduct research and continue reading. A class set of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will help my students harness the wind in their own lives, and in Oklahoma, that's no small thing.

Ms. Walker
Grades 6-8
  • KIPP Reach College Prep
  • Oklahoma City, OK
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electri • AKJ Books $10.94 32 $350.08

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