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Read the excerpt from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.

The wind would spin the blades of the windmill, rotate the magnets in a dynamo, and create electricity. Attach a wire to the dynamo and you could power anything, especially a bulb. All I needed was a windmill, and then I could have lights. No more kerosene lamps that burned our eyes and sent us gasping for breath. With a windmill, I could stay awake at night reading instead of going to bed at seven with the rest of Malawi.

Which fact about Malawi helps the reader understand what the excerpt is mostly about?


Read the sentence from The Boy Who Harnessed the Windby William Kamkwamba.

Some of these people had mocked me for months, and still they whispered, even laughed.

Which word in the sentence is a strong word choice that provides context?


Read the excerpt from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.

I didn't have a drill, so I had to make my own. First I heated a long nail in the fire, then drove it through a half a maize cob, creating a handle. I placed the nail back on the coals until it became red hot, then used it to bore holes into both sets of plastic blades. I then wired them together. I didn't have any pliers, so I used two bicycle spokes to bend and tighten the wires on the blades.

What do the details in the excerpt reveal about Kamkwamba?


Read the excerpt from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.

A sudden gust muffled the voices below, then picked up into a steady wind. It took hold of my T-shirt and whistled through the tower rungs. Reaching over, I removed a bent piece of wire that locked the machine's spinning wheel in place. Once released, the wheel and arms began to turn. They spun slowly at first, then faster and faster, until the force of their motion rocked the tower. My knees buckled, but I held on.

Which character trait do the details in the excerpt reveal about Kamkwamba?


Read the excerpt from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.

I continued to climb, slowly and assuredly, until I was facing the machine's crude frame. Its plastic arms were burned and blackened, its metal bones bolted and welded into place. I paused and studied the flecks of rust and paint, how they appeared against the fields and mountains beyond. Each piece told its own tale of discovery, of being lost and found in a time of hardship and fear. Finally together now, we were all being reborn.

How does the excerpt provide context to the story?


Read the excerpt from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.

The wind would spin the blades of the windmill, rotate the magnets in a dynamo, and create electricity. Attach a wire to the dynamo and you could power anything, especially a bulb. All I needed was a windmill, and then I could have lights. No more kerosene lamps that burned our eyes and sent us gasping for breath. With a windmill, I could stay awake at night reading instead of going to bed at seven with the rest of Malawi.

Which line from the excerpt shows an implied detail that provides context about Malawi and how the windmill would benefit its people?


Based on Kamkwamba’s memoir, what is one trait that best makes him a hero?


Why does the filmmaker decide to make a documentary about Kamkwamba’s story?


Read the excerpt from The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba.

News of the machine had spread to the villages, and people were starting to arrive. The traders spotted it from their stalls and packed up their things. The truckers left their vehicles along the roads. Everyone walked into the valley, and now gathered in its shadow. I recognized these faces.

Which phrase or sentence from the excerpt provides a text clue about the story’s context?


Identify the reason that best explains why the director of Moving Windmills might have wanted to share William Kamkwamba’s story through film rather than through writing.


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