Read-Aloud Lesson: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind | 910L
- Learning Goal
- Describe the two problems faced by the people in William’s village and what William did to solve these problems.
- Necessary Materials
- Detailed lesson plan
- Graphic organizer for guided practice
- Independent student worksheet
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
This lesson is a close reading of the entire text. So it’s important to engage students often, to enhance their learning. Here are two tips:
- When you ask the more complex questions from the lesson, ask students to “turn-and-talk” or “buddy-talk” before answering.
Once you are deep into the lesson, instead of asking students every question provided, ask them to share with you what questions they should be asking themselves at that point in the text. This is also a great opportunity to use "turn-and-talk."
- Suggested teacher language is included in the lesson.
- We recommend you read the book once to your students, either the day or morning before teaching the lesson.
- This research-based, read-aloud lesson may seem long. Why do students need the lesson to be this way?
Part 1: Teacher Modeling and Questioning
Write the following student-friendly learning goal on the board, then read the learning goal out loud with the class:
We will describe two problems in this story and what the main character does to solve them.
- This story takes place in a small village.
- This story takes place in Malawi.
- This story takes place in a small village in Malawi.
- Nightfall came quickly.
- Nightfall hurried poor farmers to bed.
Part 2: Guided Practice and Discussion
- There was no money for lights.
- There was not enough water for food to grow.
Part 3: Student Independent Practice
Texts & Materials
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