One of the books that really took me to a new level of thinking about the world was A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle. This probably was my first book in the Science Fiction genre. I was hooked by the new ideas and the puzzles presented in the story.
This is a great book to use as a whole class shared reading. It could also be taught as a read aloud. I will say that the topic and language can be more complex, so I think shared reading would be appropriate at grades 5 and higher, while a read aloud would be perfect for fourth graders. I would not recommend this book for lower grade levels.
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Freebie: Focus Questions for A Wrinkle in Time
Second, the focus questions are for student discussion, rather than independent work. Students should discuss what they are reading with peers. This discussion challenges the student's thinking and allows them to grow as a deeper reader.
Links with more resources:
Readworks - A Wrinkly in Time 6th Grade unit, found here
Wrinkle in Time Board game can be found here
Notice and Note Signposts
There is so much potential for any good story, but this one is among my favorite. I hope that if you choose to use A Wrinkle in Time, that you enjoy each page of the book with your students.