Charlotte's Web

Lesson 17

Objective

Explain Fern’s mother’s perspective on Fern’s time in the barn and if Dr. Dorian has the same perspective.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 14

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Target Task

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Multiple Choice

Which statement about Mrs. Arable has the most support in chapter 14?

A.

Mrs. Arable thinks it’s normal for 8 year olds to spend lots of time with animals.

B.

Mrs. Arable thinks that Avery is healthier than Fern.

C.

Mrs. Arable doesn’t trust Dr. Dorian.

D.

Mrs. Arable is very worried about Fern’s behavior.

Which statement from the text best supports the answer to Part A?

A.

“Avery is always fine.”

B.

“Let Fern associate with her friends in the barn if she wants to.”

C.

“Do you think she’ll ever start thinking about something besides pigs and sheep and geese and spiders?”

D.

“She felt greatly relieved.”

Writing Prompt

What is Fern’s mother’s perspective on Fern’s time in the barn? Does Dr. Dorian share her perspective? Why or why not?

Mastery Response

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Key Questions

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  • Why does Fern say “facts” while Mrs. Arable says “wild tales”?

  • What does Fern’s mother think about the stories she is telling? Why does she dislike Fern’s relationship with animals?

  • How did the visit to Dr. Dorian impact Mrs. Arable?

  • Dr. Dorian says, “I’m quite ready to believe her.” Who does he believe? What does he believe? What does this show about him?

Vocabulary

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sociable     (adj.)

likes the company of other people

fibs     (n.)

lies about something minor or unimportant

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

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L.3.4

L.3.4.b

L.3.6

RF.3.3

RF.3.4

RL.3.1

RL.3.10

RL.3.4

RL.3.6

SL.3.1

W.3.10