L’Engle, M. (1962). A Wrinkle in Time. New York, NY. Square Fish.
Genre: Science Fiction Grade Level 3-7.
Thoughts about particular issues raised in the book
The first issue that is raised in A Wrinkle in Time is that the father disappeared. The entire family knew in their hearts that the dad would one day come back to be reunited with them. Through the disappearance of their father the children, along with their mother, were challenged with the criticism from other people, learning to adjust to life without their father, as well as the grief and doubt of losing their father. This can be a major topic for students whose fathers have left, either through divorce or a father who has never been around at all.
The second issue that is raised is the relationship between Meg and Charles. Their sibling friendship is extremely strong and loving. This relationship is the strength that gets them through all the life’s struggles. Students can relate to this bond, whether it is with a sibling, cousin, parent, or a friend.
Lastly, the strength that Meg and her father, Mr. Murry, found within themselves to not be overcome by the power of IT. They had to reach down deep and keep their minds on things that kept them in reality. This can be relatable to students. They may need to reach deep not to believe a lie that has been spoken over them, or to keep them focused on things that are of true importance rather than what the world may offer as important.
A Wrinkle in Time is a book about a journey made by three kids, Meg Murry, her brother, Charles Wallace, and her friend, Calvin. This is a journey through a tesseract, a wrinkle in time, to search for Meg and Charles dad, Mr. Murry. Mr. Murry mysteriously disappear. There are three “women,” from another planet, who help in the search for Mr. Murry, through guidance. The search ends up on a planet called Camazotz. On this planet is where Mr. Murry is held captive by IT. Through a series of events Meg saves her father and almost loses her brother, Charles, to IT. Through the power of love, Charles is saved and brought home safely to Earth. The entire family is reunited and is restored to happiness.
After reading A Wrinkle in Time, the student will be able to create a planet and describe 15-20 vital resources and professions to make this planet sustainable for life.
The students will read A Wrinkle in Time. After each chapter, the students will break off in groups of 4 to discuss the book. Then the students will create a planet, first a rough draft through a sketch, then the final product will be a painting. The students will then decide what types of resources their planet needs to sustain life. They need to think about the jobs that are important to make a society function. They will write the resources and professions that are needed to make the planet sustain life and then present it to the class.
- Why did the father disappear?
- What was the main theme of this book?
- How was Meg able to be free from the spell of IT?