Charlotte's Web

Lesson 12


Describe what terrible thing happened in the chapter and how it had a positive impact on the characters and the plot.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 10

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

Even though something terrible happened, it had a positive impact on the characters and the sequence of events. Defend why or why not. 

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Key Questions


  • What does the word gullible mean? Why does Charlotte say that people are very gullible? What does this suggest about Charlotte's plan?
  • How does Fern respond when Avery notices the spider? Why does she respond this way?
  • Describe what happens with the egg. How did the egg "save Charlotte's life"?
  • Why does Wilbur leave half a noodle for Templeton? How does this support what we already know about Wilbur?
  • What is Charlotte doing at the end of the chapter? Why?



gullible     (adj.)

easily fooled

unbearable     (adj.)

hard to be around

relieved     (adj.)

feeling relaxed and happy because something difficult didn't happen

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.3.3 — Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Spiral Standards