http://www.storyboardthat.com/teacher-guide/a-wrinkle-in-time-by-madeleine-lengle

A Wrinkle in Time By Madeleine L'Engle

Teacher Guide by Bridget Baudinet

Find this Common Core aligned Teacher Guide and more like it in our Middle School ELA Category!

Student Activities for A Wrinkle in time Include:

Madeleine L’Engle’s best-known novel has been a staple in literature classes for decades. A Wrinkle in Time tells the story of the Murry family’s adventure to save their father from the clutches of evil while traveling through space and discovering a host of unique creatures along the way. Just as compelling as the exciting adventure is the character development of the protagonists, who discover their own strengths and weaknesses along the course of their journey. The novel is particularly appropriate for middle school and young teens due to its exploration of common teen issues, including self-doubt, identity struggles, sense of belonging, and personal growth. A Wrinkle in Time can be read as a coming-of-age story for Meg Murry, and an iteration of the hero’s journey pattern. Its focus on space, fantastical lands, and creatures will appeal to students who enjoy science fiction and fantasy.

By the end of this lesson your students will create amazing storyboards like the ones below!




Start My Free Trial

Helpful Background

A Wrinkle in Time was published in 1962 during the height of the Cold War. Competition with and fear of the Soviet Union influenced the daily lives of all Americans. Fear of nuclear attack, the Red Scare, and the Space Race dominated American news, politics, and education. Science and math were given increased stress in schools, and NASA was preparing to send the first humans to the moon. A Wrinkle in Time is a product of this focus on science and space. Unlike many fantasy novels, L’Engle uses real scientific concepts to launch her characters into space. Although the book glosses over specifics, it introduces the idea of a tesseract and a “wrinkle” in the space-time continuum. This is a concept that is still in vogue today in a number of space movies and superhero dramas. Students may be interested to learn some of the basic theory of time travel and its role in the book. The links below are small excerpts from Stephen Hawking’s documentary Into the Universe and may be helpful for introducing these ideas.


The Red Scare, or fear of communists, was another focus of the 1960s. American distrust of communism stemmed, in part, from the totalitarian form of communism that arose in the Soviet Union. At various points, Soviet rule included imprisonment, execution, manipulation of historical truths, thought control, and repression of human rights (including religious freedom, rights of property, and freedom of speech). Americans saw democracy as the form of government that offered true freedom - the antithesis of communism. In A Wrinkle in Time, we see this political symbolism in the evil that pervades the universe. The Dark Thing has partly obscured Earth and has won over Camazotz, a dystopian planet entirely controlled by a single, all-powerful brain. Throughout their time on Camazotz, the characters discover the pitfalls of sameness and learn to value their unique differences. Before reading the novel, students may explore the history of the Cold War and discuss ideas of freedom and oppression.


Essential Questions for A Wrinkle in Time

  1. What does it mean to be free? Should there be limits to freedom within society?
  2. Why are differences between people problematic? Why are they good?
  3. How do our perceptions of ourselves shape our identities?
  4. What is the role that love and family play in our lives?
  5. What examples of goodness do you see in the world around you? How do art, science, literature, and religion help society produce goodness?
  6. How can we fight against evil in our world?

A Wrinkle in time Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

A Wrinkle in Time Summary


Copy Assignment



A common use for Storyboard That is to help students create a plot diagram of the events from a story. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of the plot, but it reinforces major events and helps students develop greater understanding of literary structures.

Students can create a storyboard capturing the narrative arc in a work with a six-cell storyboard containing the major parts of the plot diagram. For each cell, have students create a scene that follows the story in sequence using: Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.



A Wrinkle in Time Plot Diagram Example

Exposition

High schooler Meg Murry is a social misfit who lives with her mother, twin brothers Sandy and Dennys, and precocious four-year-old brother Charles Wallace. Although she has a high IQ, Meg gets poor grades at school, fights with the other students, and is frequently in trouble.


Conflict

Mr. Murry has been missing for months, following an attempt to tesser, by traveling through a wrinkle in the space-time continuum.


Rising Action

Three strange creatures, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs, Which, take Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin to several different planets by tessering. They show the children the dark force threatening Earth and bring them to the planet Camazotz, where the Dark Thing has imprisoned Mr. Murry.


Climax

Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin find Mr. Murry who is trapped by the Dark Thing, called IT. Meg manages to free her father, but loses Charles Wallace to the power of IT.


Falling Action

Meg returns to Camazotz alone and uses her love for Charles Wallace to break his connection with IT.


Resolution

Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace tesser safely home to Earth with their father.


A Wrinkle in Time Plot Diagram
Create your own at Storyboard That EXPOSITION CONFLICT RISING ACTION CLIMAX FALLING ACTION RESOLUTION High schooler Meg Murry is a social misfit who lives with her mother, twin brothers Sandy and Dennys, and precocious four-year-old brother Charles Wallace. Although she has a high IQ, Meg gets poor grades at school, fights with the other students, and is frequently in trouble. Mr. Murry has been missing for months, following an attempt to tesser, by traveling through a wrinkle in the space-time continuum. Three strange creatures, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs, Which, take Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin to several different planets by tessering. They show the children the evil force threatening Earth and bring them to the planet Camazotz, where the Dark Thing has imprisoned Mr. Murry. Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin find Mr. Murry who is trapped by the Dark Thing, represented on this planet by IT. Meg manages to free her father, but loses Charles Wallace to the power of IT. Meg returns to Camazotz alone and uses her love for Charles Wallace to break his connection with IT. Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace tesser safely home to Earth with their father. I love you, Charles! ?