Charlotte's Web

Lesson 18


Explain the significance of the chapter title “The Crickets”.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 15

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Read the following sentences from page 116-117.

“’You’ve just got to come.’”

“’Why don’t you come with me to the Fair Grounds and lay your eggs there?’ pleaded Wilbur.”

“’I knew you wouldn’t forsake me when I need you most.’”

What do these sentences show about Wilbur?


He is mostly concerned about himself and how he wants Charlotte to be with him at the fair.


He is worried about Charlotte and how she will lay eggs while spinning a web.


He is nervous that he will be killed soon so is taking it out on Charlotte.


He doesn’t understand why Charlotte is being selfish.

Writing Prompt

Explain the significance of the chapter title “The Crickets.”

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Key Questions


  • Had the words changed Wilbur? Defend why or why not. 

  • Why does Charlotte keep quiet about her own worries? What does this show about her?
  • How does Wilbur respond to Charlotte's news that she might not come with him to the fair? How does this make him feel? What details does the author include to show how Wilbur is feeling?
  • Why does Charlotte think she will be unable to go to the fair?



anxiety     (n.)

fear or nervousness about what may happen

modest     (adj.)

not showy

versatile     (adj.)

has many uses

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.3.2 — Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

  • 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