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The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

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  • Greedy
  • Our harvest is good, but I want more
  • Adventurous
  • Come Khamba, we're eating good tonight.
  • Dedicated and Creative
  • Hmmm... What does this do?
  • At the beginning of the book, William is partially greedy. He has a huge amount of maize and money, because they've had a great harvest and he believes that the next one is going to be even better. He is able to go to school, eat as much food as he wants, and live the best life he's every had. Kamkwamba has everything that he could every want, but this will not last very long. Also, he believes that he will attend the best high school, but instead he becomes too greedy and overconfident, does poorly on the national exam, and is forced to go to one of the worst secondary schools available.
  • Disciplined/Hardworking
  • When the drought begins and the famine is going through the country, William starts to become more adventurous in the way he lives. Not only does he go hunting for birds and other animals with Geoffery and Khamba, but he also becomes more adventurous in science. By discovering this thing called science, he is able to force his mind away from the struggle and towards his projects. Another advantage to this "adventuring," is that he is able to make money off of his repairs. Kamkwamba will go into his garage and people will drop off their old, broken radios. He works on them in his garage, fixes them, and then returns the machine to the owner after they pay.
  • Helpful/Heroic
  • One bag-full please.
  • Mr. Kamkwamba shows dedication and creativity in this book, and in his life, when he takes the beat up radios and figures out the science behind them and how to fix them. Through these actions, he brings in some income for his family and from this income, he is able to start believing in his creation, the windmill. This machine needs William's dedication and creativity to become a reality. Kamkwamba would stay in his garage and think of his 15 foot machine for hours. It took him months to create and he never gave up despite problems. The creativity came into play from the materials he used and the way he built it. He wasn't taught any of this in school, so it was all learned from books.
  • Thankful/Appreciative
  • William's discipline is shown when his father wants him to go to school, but also stay on the farm to harvest and plant for the next crop. He must get up before dawn, work in fields, go to school, study and then go back to the fields. This shows that he is hardworking and that he wants to make his father proud, by making money for him and his family. Despite being forced to drop out of school because of the lack of income during the famine/drought, he still wants to learn. So he goes to the library everyday to pick out new books, mostly the scientific ones. By reading these books, he gains an understanding of how science works and is now able to build his windmill.
  • Over here, over here, Kamkwamba over here!
  • Here you go William, found this one for you last night
  • E = mc²
  • William becomes a hero in the book when he travels to the town centre and buys his family some maize so that they can eat for a few more nights. His family is starving and are barely living. They're ribs are showing and they eat at most, one meal a day. So William really is a hero, because he is the one to go wait in line all day for a bag of maize. Also, another reason why he is heroic is because he builds the windmill for his family. This windmill opens up a lifetime of benefits not only for William, but also for his family and the country of Malawi. Through the making of this machine, he gives light to his family, so they don't have to use kerosene lamps. Another advantage to his heroism is that he earns money by doing interviews and presentations, goes to probably one of the best high schools in Africa, and then attends Dartmouth University.
  • Behold, Electric Wind
  • William Kamkwamba shows his appreciation when he is invited to the TED convention and thanks everyone that helped him. Everything he received during his time there, he said a genuine thank you. He was very thankful for the opportunity to travel on a plane, stay in a hotel, speak to others about what he's achieved, and bring awareness of Malawi and the hardships the country is enduring. After the TED Talk and the spreading of his story, he is given many offers from American Universities. He eventually chooses the University of Dartmouth in New York. Here he broadens his knowledge and love for science, and on graduation day his family shows up at the school. He thanks them for all that they have done for him and for teaching him the many characteristics he possesses today. Also, as an appreciation for the country of Malawi, he is giving back to the region and starts the organization, Moving Windmills. This group, led by William, raises funding for the people of Malawi and the countries nearby. With the money, they purchase materials that the volunteers can build windmills with. These will be used for electricity and water pumping to assist his fellow Malawians.
  • MOVING WINDMILLS
  • Congratulations Dartmouth Graduating Class of 2014
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