Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic A Wrinkle in Time, and supports the standard of determining central ideas and themes. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Ask students if they’ve read A Wrinkle in Time. Then ask:

  • If you have read it, what did you think about it?
  • If you haven’t, what type of book do you think it might be based on the title?


  • Read aloud the description on the A Wrinkle in Time topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Arts and Entertainment” or “Theory.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a book trailer for A Wrinkle in Time that showcases its major themes. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying how L’Engle uses allegory, symbolism, and genre to communicate themes. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a museum with artifacts representing major themes of A Wrinkle in Time. 


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about A Wrinkle in Time. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How does Meg change over the course of the book?
  • How does the blend of genres (coming-of-age, science fiction, fantasy) shape the book’s themes?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the A Wrinkle in Time Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Dig deeper into A Wrinkle in Time by analyzing an excerpt from an early draft in this Primary Source Activity


Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments