【国际中学部】Exploring Time and Space Through Literature从文学领域探索时空
Throughout this unit in World Literature, we have been reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’engle. This Newberry Award winning book tells the story of Meg Murry, a high-school-aged girl who is transported on an adventure through time and space with her younger brother Charles Wallace and her friend Calvin O’Keefe to rescue her father, a gifted scientist, from the evil forces that hold him prisoner on another planet.
在世界文学课的这一单元中，我们一直在阅读 Madeline L’engle 的《 A Wrinkle in Time》这本书。这本获得纽伯瑞奖的书讲述了梅格·默里的故事，她是一名高中女孩，她与弟弟查尔斯·华莱士和她的朋友卡尔文·奥基夫一起穿越时空冒险，以营救她的父亲，他的父亲是一位天才科学家，一种邪恶势力将他囚禁在另一个星球上。
Throughout the book, one of the main themes we have analyzed as a class is conformity vs. nonconformity. Throughout our reading of the novel, I have worked to push students to think critically about this theme; both the positives and negative qualities of both sides. While looking at this theme, we applied it to the contemporary world—what does nonconformity and conformity look like in high school and in our friend groups? How can conformity and nonconformity be both good and bad? Why do we need critical thinking skills to discern between the two?
For this book, we did one group project to visually try and express this theme, as well as create an intriguing “movie poster” for the novel. It was exciting to see students engage in literary analysis through creative, artistic means. After the students had worked diligently on their posters—painting and drawing and writing— we presented them in front of the classroom to practice public speaking skills. Overall, all of the posters were great; I was very impressed by the student’s group project and creative effort!