Some other ideas here would be to do some dictation work and see which words your son or daughter are misspelling or to even have them write down any words they don't know from the text as they encounter them. This way they are actively creating their own vocabulary and/or spelling lists.
The questions I have written below are designed to get my son thinking about the book he's reading and predicting what will happen in the future. I have also purposely made them open-ended so that he is forced to write out a good, solid thought (an area he struggles) rather than simply writing a yes/no answer.
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There are also plenty of other great sites should you choose to go that route. I am using a free copy of the SparkNotes guide to go along with my own. You can see that here: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/wrinkle/section1.rhtml
The questions and vocab/spelling I'll be using for this chapter:
Chapter One- Mrs. Whatsit
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frivoling wraithlike luxuriously exclusive prodigious
- Describe Margaret “Meg” Murry's character, both physically and mentally/emotionally. How does she see herself? How does her family seem to see her? Who do you think is right? What seems to be her main "issue" at this point?
- What do you think is going on with Charles Wallace?
- Why do you think Mrs. Whatsit is wearing so much when we meet her?
- “If you have some liniment I'll put it on my dignity.” What does this mean?
5. Why do you think Mrs. Murry was so upset about the tesseract comment from Mrs. Whatsit?
6.Do you see any examples of possible foreshadowing (predictions of what is to come in the future of the book) in this chapter?
Please summarize chapter one using as many sentences as necessary:
Some interesting thoughts from SparkNotes:
-In this first chapter, Meg "desperately wants to fit in and feel more comfortable in her identity."
-Her family is notoriously known in their town: Charles Wallace didn't speak until he was four, her father and mother are brilliant scientists, her father has disappeared.
-While Meg is very typical, Charles Wallace is very obviously extraordinary. He teaches himself new vocabulary, carries on conversations with older ladies with ease, and seems to be able to read his mother and sister's minds.
-Mrs. Whatsit has magical abilities which sets the stage for the story being one of science fiction and fantasy.
-There are several instances of "foreshadowing" present in this chapter: "happy medium" is mentioned, "plow through more time" is referenced, for example.