One of the beautiful things about stories are the underlying lessons, morals, or critiques they contain. Teaching students to identify these hidden messages brings greater depth to their literary experiences. Storyboarding is a great way to teach the concept of themes, symbols, or motifs. It allow the visuals or symbols to tell the stories, making the ideas easy for students to understand and expound upon. With storyboards, students can reflect abstract ideas in a concrete manner, a useful tool for middle school or high school students.
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.
A Wrinkle in Time Theme Activity - Identify different themes, symbols, and motifs in A Wrinkle in Time
GOOD VS. EVIL
Your life is like a sonnet. You're given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. What you say is completely up to you.
APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING
THE POWER OF LOVE
The central conflict in the book deals with the fight to save the universe from evil. Characters controlled by evil powers face pain, imprisonment, and forced conformity. Goodness is associated with love, freedom, and uniqueness.
Aunt Beast looks frightening and intimidating, but she is actually warm, gentle, and loving.
Meg takes love for granted at the start, but soon realizes its power. A desire for love and affection drives Calvin to the Murry family; love propels Meg and Charles Wallace to save their father; and love allows Meg to rescue Charles Wallace.
Love. That is what I have that IT does not have!
LIGHT AND DARKNESS
THEMES, MOTIFS, SYMBOLS
SCIENCE AND SPACE
MRS. WHO'S GLASSES
Light represents goodness, while darkness represents evil. The three Mrs. W's - all good characters - were once stars who died trying to blot out the Dark Thing. Their starlight overpowering the dark cloud symbolizes good destroying evil.
Half of A Wrinkle in Time takes place in space. Traveling quickly through space is not just a fantasy element. It is based on the scientific idea of a tesseract, which Mr. and Mrs. Murry study.
Mrs. Who's spectacles highlight the theme of seeing beyond the surface. The glasses allow Mr. Murry to see beyond his prison and escape from Camazotz. Because they provide a way out of the darkness, they also represent hope.