Seeking Truth: A Wrinkle in Time

Lesson 13


Unit 6

5th Grade

Lesson 13 of 26


Describe Camazotz and how the setting influences the mood of the story.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle  pp. 115 – 126

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Target Task

Writing Prompt

Describe Camazotz. How does the setting influence the mood of the story?

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Key Questions

  • Read the quote from p. 115: “Down came the ropes. Down came the balls. Over and over again. Up. Down. All in rhythm. All identical. Like the houses. Like the paths. Like the flowers.” Why does the author use short sentences? What mood do they create? 
  • Summarize what happened with the little boy and the ball. 
  • In the first half of the chapter, Mrs Whatsit gives Meg her faults. In what ways are Megs faults at play in the second half of the chapter? Do they help or hurt her? 
  • In the first half of the chapter, Mrs Whatsit warns Charles Wallace to be careful of his pride and arrogance. Based on his actions, has he embraced this advice? Defend why or why not. 
  • Calvin’s strength is his ability to communicate. What does he communicate at the end of the chapter? 




a very strong desire to do something



something unexpected or different from the norm

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.5.2 — Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.
  • RL.5.3 — Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

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