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Activity Overview


A Wrinkle in Time explores many abstract concepts about freedom, individuality, and choice. These themes are applied both to the individual characters and to entire societies and governmental structures. Students can better understand the importance of these ideas and connect with the text by exploring these concepts in their own lives and the world around them.

For this activity, ask students to compare and contrast important concepts by illustrating them with storyboard examples. The examples may be drawn from personal experience, from history, or from the novel.


Suggested Concepts

  • Like vs. Equal
  • Fate vs. Free Will
  • Utopia vs. Dystopia
  • Reason vs. Emotion
  • Differences as a Weakness vs. Differences as a Strength

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/4] Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts


Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)



Student Instructions

Compare and contrast important thematic concepts from the book.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Choose two sets of concepts to explore from the list below or discuss other topics with your teacher.
  3. Create a picture to represent each concept in its own square, using an example from the book or the world around you. Explain your depiction in the text box below it.
  4. In the third box in each row, explain how the concepts are similar and/or different. Provide an image that highlights this connection or difference.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

Suggested Concepts

  • Like vs. Equal
  • Fate vs. Free Will
  • Utopia vs. Dystopia
  • Reason vs. Emotion
  • Differences as a Weakness vs. Differences as a Strength


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Grid Comparison Rubric
Create a storyboard that compares two or more elements of the story as directed by your teacher.
Proficient
25 Points
Emerging
19 Points
Beginning
13 Points
Comparison Analysis
Text and images include a clear explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics. These comparisons go beyond superficial elements and show strong understanding of the story elements.
Text and images include an explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics, but the explanation may lack clarity or show only superficial understanding in some squares.
Text and images may include no explanation of similarities and/or differences, or they may make only superficial or inaccurate comparisons.
Textual Explanation
The text clearly and accurately describes all the scenes and concepts depicted.
The text clearly and accurately describes most of the scenes and concepts depicted.
The text fails to describe most of the scenes clearly and accurately.
Storyboard Image and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.
Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.




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