This book is a classic science fiction book, therefore, we will be learning about science fiction as a genre and its predecessor Jules Verne. Verne is the author of classics like Around the World in Eighty Days and Journey to the Center of the Earth. However, let's first learn about Madeleine L'Engle the author of a Wrinkle in time.


Madeleine was born on November 29th, 1918, and spent her formative years in New York City. Instead of her school work, she found that she would much rather be writing stories, poems and journals for herself, which was reflected in her grades (not the best). However, she was not discouraged.
At age 12, she moved to the French Alps with her parents and went to an English boarding school where, thankfully, her passion for writing continued to grow. She flourished during her high school years back in the United States at Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina, vacationing with her mother in a rambling old beach cottage on a beautiful stretch of Florida Beach.

She went to Smith College and studied English with some wonderful teachers as she read the classics and continued her own creative writing. She graduated with honors and moved into a Greenwich Village apartment in New York. She worked in the theater, where Equity union pay and a flexible schedule afforded her the time to write! She published her first two novels during these years—A Small Rain andIlsa—before meeting Hugh Franklin, her future husband, when she was an understudy in Anton Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard. They married during The Joyous Season.

She had a baby girl and kept on writing, eventually moving to Connecticut to raise the family away from the city in a small dairy farm village with more cows than people. They bought a dead general store, and brought it to life for 9 years. They moved back to the city with three children, and Hugh revitalized his professional acting career.

As the years passed and the children grew, Madeleine continued to write and Hugh to act, and they to enjoy each other and life. Madeleine began her association with the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, where she was the librarian and maintained an office for more than thirty years. After Hugh’s death in 1986, it was her writing and lecturing that kept her going. She lived through the 20th century and into the 21st and wrote over 60 books. She enjoyed being with her friends, her children, her grandchildren, and her great grandchildren.

L'Engle Powerpoint Presentation -


Meet Jules Verne as told by a young writer, click here. If you scroll all the way to the bottom of this page you will see a comic book form of his book, Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Characteristics of the Science Fiction Genre
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By: Dachary Carey click here to see the online article.
The science fiction genre remains difficult to define, as critics and proponents alike fail to agree on what constitutes science fiction. However, a few common characteristics categorize a work as "sci-fi":
Aliens are one of the central characteristics of the science-fiction genre. A sci-fi novel may deal with aliens coming to Earth, humans encountering aliens on space explorations or a number of other variations. Sometimes the aliens are friendly, while other works portray aliens as mortal enemies.
Space Travel
Space travel is a common element of sci-fi, regardless of whether or not it features contact with aliens. Space travel pops up in fiction over and over again as humans wonder whether or not they're alone in the universe, and what might happen if humans encounter other life forms.
Time Travel
In scientific theory, time travel is possible based on potential technologies utilizing scientific knowledge. In fiction, time travel poses many questions, including that of the time travel paradox, and it is a popular topic for science fiction, as protagonists can glimpse the future or change events in the past.
Advanced Technology
Early science fiction writers and editors focused on the hard science of science fiction, and much of that incorporates the development of advanced technology, or creative ways to utilize existing technology. As the last century has seen big advances in technology, it's not difficult to imagine some traditional sci-fi technology that could be very real in the future.
One common theme of many science fiction novels is a dystopia set sometime in the future. Dystopia sci-fi themes are often used to explore current social issues, and they have very little to do with science, except dystopian fiction that revolves around technological mis-utilization. "Nineteen Eighty-Four" is a good example of a dystopian sci-fi story.

Time Travel Pamphlet
In "A Wrinkle in Time," you will be reading terms like:Dark matterBlack holesQuasarsDark energyStars and much more...
In order to get you started on this inter-galactic adventure go to this website to learn more about these terms and prepare for your Time Travel pamphlet. Make sure to include these terms in your Time Travel pamphlet: dark matter, black holes, quasars, dark energy and stars.
To help you in you quest for more knowledge check out these articles I found:Galaxy Clusters: Shed Light on Dark MatterAvatars --Will They Play a Role in the Future of Space Exploration?
Where Did All That Space Debris Come From?
Kepler Discovers a Tiny Solar System
Alien Planets With Two Suns Commonplace
What are Stars Made Of?

Next, you may go to this link to research space travel's important, dates, events and people for your Time Travel pamphlet. Finally, you must go to the Social Studies page for directions on how to create your Time Travel pamphlet.

Comic book form of Journey to the Center of the Earth

Check out this classic in comic book form, click here.


Check out this presentation to learn about the layers of the Earth, click here.