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Making Contact!: Marconi Goes Wireless

Kulling, Monica (Author)
Rudnicki, Richard (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2013. 32 pages
First published: 2013
Series: Great Idea
ISBN: 9781770493780 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 621.3
Book type: Non-Fiction
Book genre: Biography

Text Elements:

character

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“He will be able to hear the still, small voices in the air,” Signora Marconi prophesized about her big-eared baby, who would grow up to invent the wireless telegraph. As a child, Guglielmo Marconi was fascinated by the kite-flying Benjamin Franklin. “There is energy in the air!” the boy is quoted as saying.

The story relates key moments in the inventor’s development. Young readers will learn that Marconi had trouble at school. Strong family support enabled him in his studies and subsequent scientific investigations.

Painted illustrations offer a warm and detailed visual world. Children will see the Italian countryside, as Marconi’s assistants carry antennas through the fields. In another image, Queen Victoria smiles at receiving telegram updates from her son’s yacht. The details of the scientific equipment are as clearly rendered as the gorgeous landscapes of Cornwall and Newfoundland—the sites of Marconi’s first attempt at transatlantic communication.

For a generation used to the Internet, an introductory poem shows the vital importance of radio. An epilogue describes the telegraph’s role when the Titanic sank. This book is a fine addition to any library of documents about invention and original thinking.

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    What does the word wireless mean? Discuss the evolution of technology from wired to wireless. How would life in Marconi’s time have been different than it is today?

  •  Imagine Marconi has hired you to advertise the telegraph machine. Create an advertisement (print, radio or video) convincing people to buy one.
  •  Make a timeline of how communication technology has changed since Marconi invented the telegraph machine.
  •  

    Using the book, make a timeline of Marconi’s life and inventions. Look online to find further information.

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    Using clues from the text, create a character map for Marconi.

  •  Make a timeline of how communication technology has changed since Marconi invented the telegraph machine. Include the names and places of the inventors.
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology