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A Wrinkle in Time Teaching Activities: Word Prompts & More

written by: Donna Cosmato • edited by: Trent Lorcher • updated: 3/2/2012

Try these writing prompts and word scrambles for easy-to-prepare activities to accompany your study of the book.

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    The theme of good defeating evil is in almost every page of this children’s fantasy book. Image A Wrinkle in Time Teaching Activities  A Wrinkle in Time has won the Newberry Award among some others. It's great literature to get kids thinking, writing, and researching.

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    Get Students Writing with Prompts

    Experiment with these writing prompts to stimulate creativity and get students writing.

    1. Tell the students to pretend they are going on a journey through time and space. Their task is to write a short paper describing the items they will take with them and why.
    2. Choose one of the characters in the story and write a letter to the teacher describing yourself as that character. Tell about your abilities and your faults.
    3. Meg is angry with her father because she blames him for the loss of Charles Wallace. Write about a time that you were angry with your parents because you blamed them for a loss.
    4. Everyone on Camazotz has to conform. How would you feel if you lived there? Would you be able to conform or would you rebel?
    5. You are Mr. Jenkins, and you want to help Meg succeed in school. Write a paper with tips on how she can improve her school performance.
    6. Write a paper explaining what a tesseract is and include an illustration.
    7. Your mom wants to know where you have been. Explain your time travel trip and what you accomplished.
    8. Write a letter to Madeleine L’Engle. Tell her what you thought about the book and if you would like to read more adventures about the Murry children. Ask your teacher to help you find her mailing address.
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    A Word Scramble Puzzle

    To prepare the worksheets, copy and paste the text below into a word processing program and make copies, or download a free copy from the media gallery.

    Unscramble the following vocabulary words from the book. Use the word bank for clues.

    1. csresatet
    2. isax
    3. etipllci
    4. bbreiighs
    5. rscnileee
    6. kaewrlhtii
    7. mhereelpa
    8. ysnedepdnco
    9. motntoenip
    10. dblrmfyaoi

    Word Bank: tesseract, ephemeral, formidably, wraithlike, despondency, axis, elliptic, resilience, gibberish, omnipotent

    Teacher Answer Key: tesseract, axis, elliptic, gibberish, resilience, wraithlike, ephemeral, despondency, omnipotent, formidably

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    Thinking More About the Book

    Here are some extenstion activities for A Wrinkle in Time:

    1. Research the life of Madeleine L'Engle. How did her religious upbringing impact her writing?
    2. Pretend to be a child psychologist whom Mrs. Murry is consulting about Charles Wallace. Research developmental milestones for five-year olds, and compare those with the description Charles Wallace. Write the advice you would give her.
    3. Mrs. Murry is a scientist who also cooks in her lab. Conduct some scientific experiments involving food. Here are some Food Science Experiments tips to get you started.
    4. Use pages 77 and 78 from the book to teach a math lesson about other dimensions.
    5. Read the book together aloud, stopping for questions, and defining words and terms where necessary.

    Try some of these other books Madeleine L'Engle wrote about the Murry children:

    • A Wind in the Door, Madeleine L'Engle, [Square Fish, 2007]
    • A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Madeleine L'Engle, [Square Fish, 2007]
    • Many Waters, Madeleine L'Engle, [A Yearling Book; 3rd THUS edition, 1987]
    • An Acceptable Time, Madeleine L'Engle, [Square Fish, 2007]

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