From the first line of the book . . . “It was a dark and stormy night,” until the last line. . . “But they never learned what it was that Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which had to do, for there was a gust of wind, and they were gone,” A Wrinkle in Time is an exciting story.
In this book three children, Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin, go on a rescue mission to save Meg and Charles Wallace’s father from the Darkness that has trapped him. Mrs. Who, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Which who provide gentle advice to Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin through thoughtful quotes:
Life, with its rules, its obligations, and its freedoms, is like a sonnet: You’re given the form, but you have to write the sonnet yourself. – Mrs. Whatsit
It was really a very great honor for me to be chosen for this mission. It’s just because of my verbalizing and materializing so well, you know. But of course we can’t take any credit for our talents. – Mrs. Whatsit
I do not know everything; still many things I understand. – Mrs. Who
A Wrinkle in Time
Problems and Solutions Anchor Chart
This anchor chart helps students map the problems and solutions in Chapter 4. By using sticky notes, the anchor chart may be reused again and again.
Grab this free Problems and Solutions Constructed Response Organizer here.
Have students use the graphic organizer for notes. Notice the notes in the photo above are not in complete sentences. Glue the organizer to the left side of the notebook page. On the right side of the notebook, students use the notes to write the details in paragraph form.
Students complete the organizer by writing complete sentences.
A Wrinkle in Time Printable Setting Anchor Chart
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A Wrinkle in Time Movie
What a fantastic movie!
#1 – Have students watch portions of the movie in small segments throughout the unit. This will help students better understand this unusual story.
#2 – Have students compare the book to the movie.
The Book vs. The Movie
Here are some similarities:
- Meg is an insecure teenager.
- Dr. Alex Murry is missing.
- Meg goes on a venture to rescue her dad with her younger brother, Charles Wallace, and friend Calvin.
- The three must battle an evil force to rescue Dr. Murry.
Here are a few obvious differences:
- The setting of the book is modern day USA. The setting of the book is 1960’s England.
- The twins are not included in the movie.
- Dr. Murry’s disappearance makes headlines in the movie.
- Charles Wallace is extremely gifted in the book. In the movie, he is portrayed differently.
- The 3 witches must search to find Dr. Murry in the movie. In the book, the 3 witches know Dr. Murry is on the dark planet Camazotz.
- The movie changes the centaur ride into a giant leaf ride.
- The Happy Medium is Mrs. Whatsit’s boyfriend.
- In the book, Meg travels to Ixchel and meets Aunt Beast. (The movie shows a brief shot of Aunt Beast, but the meeting doesn’t take place.)
Free Book Unit Samples
- Vocabulary Practice for Chapter 1
- Character Traits Constructed Response Question
- Problem and Solutions Constructed Response Question
- Setting Constructed Response Question
- Photos to Show What the Rest of the Unit Looks Like
The Full Novel Study
A Wrinkle in Time Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities covering vocabulary, constructed response writing, and skill practice.