WMS One School, One Book 2020

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Young Readers Edition

Thanks to a generous grant from the WATERTOWN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, every WMS student will have access to an eBook copy of the book available from June 1st to September 28th, 2020!

For more information on how to get the book, go to the GET THE BOOK page.


When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.

Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William's story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.


(DUE SEPTEMBER 28th, 2020)

While reading THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND, students will write down 'jots', and then submit their work via a google survey by the end of the summer.

1S1B 2020 Grade 6 Overview .mp4
7-8 Grade 1S1B Intro Video 2020.mp4

For additional resources or to submit your jots, go to the Jots writing assignment page.