It’s no secret that storyboards are an extremely useful tool for visual communication. But what you might not know is how much more useful storyboards are when the cell size is increased to 16x9. While 16x9 has been the industry standard in movie making for many years, we feel it is also a great layout for teachers!
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.
A Wrinkle in Time Summary & Plot Diagram activity - Have students complete a visual plot diagram for A Wrinkle in Time!
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 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.
I love you, Charles!
Meg, Calvin, and Charles Wallace tesser safely home to Earth with their father.