A Wrinkle in Time
Age 9-11: Concept 4 - Systems: Unit 1

Travel on a journey through space with Meg and Calvin as they try to rescue their father. Meet interesting characters, experience unique places, and battle against an evil force that is threatening Earth. Along the way, you will gain experience with possessive plurals and irregular verbs. You will also be practicing the four creative thinking skills.

This unit can be used independently, but it is designed to be used concurrently with the science unit Space.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Usually used by children in fifth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: A Unique Family
  • Lesson 2: Calvin
  • Lesson 3: Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which
  • Lesson 4: Tesser
  • Lesson 5: The Thing
  • Lesson 6: Camazotz
  • Lesson 7: Man with the Red Eyes
  • Lesson 8: Father
  • Lesson 9: The Beasts
  • Lesson 10: Love
  • Final Project: Science Fiction Short Story (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze characters, including their traits, motivations, conflicts, relationships, and the changes they undergo. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze published examples as models for writing. (Language Arts)
  • Analyze the characteristics of various types of texts (genres). (Language Arts)
  • Combine short, related sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of verb tense consistency. (Language Arts)
  • Determine meanings of derivatives by applying knowledge of the meanings of root words such as like, pay, or happy and affixes such as dis-, pre-, and -un. (Language Arts)
  • Edit and revise selected drafts to improve coherence and progression by adding, deleting, consolidating, and rearranging text. (Language Arts)
  • Elaborate on ideas in writing by using regular and irregular verbs. (Language Arts)
  • Evaluate how well a writer's own writing achieves its purposes. (Language Arts)
  • Generate ideas and plans for writing by using such prewriting strategies as brainstorming, graphic organizers, notes, and logs. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use regular and irregular verbs. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the theme of a story. (Language Arts)
  • Interpret text ideas through discussion. (Language Arts)
  • Judge the internal consistency or logic of stories and texts such as "Would this character do this?"; "Does this make sense here?" (Language Arts)
  • Locate the meanings, pronunciations, and derivations of unfamiliar words. (Language Arts)
  • Make and confirm predictions about text by using prior knowledge and ideas presented in the text itself. (Language Arts)
  • Offer observations, make connections, react, speculate, and interpret in response to text. (Language Arts)
  • Organize knowledge by producing graphic organizers. (Language Arts)
  • Produce visual images, messages, and meanings that communicate to others. (Language Arts)
  • Produce work that follows the conventions of particular genres. (Language Arts)
  • Provide a context to enable the reader to imagine the world of the event or experience. (Language Arts)
  • Read for varied purposes such as to be informed, to be entertained, to appreciate the writer's craft, and to discover models for one's own writing. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize that authors organize information in specific ways. (Language Arts)
  • Recognize the distinguishing features of genres. (Language Arts)
  • Represent text information in different ways such as in outline, timeline, or graphic organizer. (Language Arts)
  • Summarize major points from fiction and nonfiction text(s) to clarify and retain information and ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Understand and interpret visual images, messages, and meanings. (Language Arts)
  • Use adjectives (comparative and superlative forms) and adverbs appropriately to make writing vivid or precise. (Language Arts)
  • Use adjectives and adverbs appropriately to make writing vivid or precise. (Language Arts)
  • Use established criteria to edit for language conventions. (Language Arts)
  • Use regular and irregular plurals correctly. (Language Arts)
  • Use transition words effectively. (Language Arts)
  • Write summaries that contain the main ideas and most significant details of the reading selection. (Language Arts)
  • Write to entertain such as to compose humorous poems or short stories. (Language Arts)
  • Write to entertain. (Language Arts)
  • Write to express, discover, record, develop, and reflect on ideas. (Language Arts)
  • Write with increasing accuracy when using apostrophes. (Language Arts)
  • Identify functions of various organs. (Science)
  • Summarize major points from fiction and nonfiction text to clarify and retain information and ideas. (LA) (Science)
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