Informational texts to accompany Madeleine L’Engle's A Wrinkle in Time
Joanna Spyratos, 7th Grade Teacher, John W. Garvy School
The novel A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is about an adolescent girl named Meg who experiences a journey through space and time. Along with her brother, Charles, and friend, Calvin, the three attempt to rescue Meg's father from evil. Through a series of adventures and obstacles, Meg deals with struggles with societal expectations and personal identity.
I found the following CERCA Sets, Applied Reading and Writing Lessons, and Additional Reading Practice work well as supplementary texts when I teach A Wrinkle in Time in my classroom. These informational texts help my students better understand the concept of perseverance and the theme of individuality versus conformity. With a better understanding of these concepts, my students connect the topics to their personal lives and begin to form complex arguments. My students demonstrate a sincere interest in this topic, and they reflect their engagement in their writing.
Additional Reading Practice
- Just Say No! The Daughters of Liberty (Grades 3-5)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. (Grades 3-5)
- "Am I Pretty or Ugly?" Videos a Symptom of Toxic Media Culture (Grades 6-8)
- A Hero Emerges in Italy's Ship Drama (Grades 6-8)
Applied Reading and Writing Lessons
- Poetry: From the Page (Grade 5)
- The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (Grade 6)
- Freedom of Choice: The Very Best Policy (Grade 8)
Differentiated Lesson Sets for Grades 4-12
- Perseverance: How do we overcome challenges in our country, our communities, and our lives?
- Personal Identity: How is our identity shaped by how others perceive us?