A Wrinkle in Time Summary
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 6-8
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group
Type of Activity: Plot Diagrams and Narrative ArcsCommon 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/6/3] Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/5] Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot
- [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/7/3] Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact (e.g., how setting shapes the characters or plot)
- [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/5] Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s form or structure (e.g., soliloquy, sonnet) contributes to its meaning
- [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/8/3] Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision
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
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 dark 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, called 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.
(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Copy Assignment", change the description of the assignment in your Dashboard.)
Create a visual plot diagram of A Wrinkle in Time.
- Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
- Separate the story into the Exposition, Conflict, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action, and Resolution.
- Create an image that represents an important moment or set of events for each of the story components.
- Write a description of each of the steps in the plot diagram.
- Save and submit the assignment. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.
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