Charlotte's Web

Lesson 20


Explain how Charlotte is changing and if Wilbur truly understands the change.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 17-18

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Target Task


Question 1

Chapter 17: How does everyone respond to being at the fair? Do they all have the same perspective? Why?

Chapter 18: In what ways is Charlotte changing? Does Wilbur truly understand what is happening or is he too concerned with saving his own life? Explain.

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Key Questions


  • Describe the fair. (Chapter 17)

  • When Wilbur arrives he is "pleased with his new home." Why is this surprising? (Chapter 17)

  • Why does Charlotte tell Wilbur about Uncle? What does she tell him?(Chapter 17)

  • Describe how Charlotte is starting to change. How does this make Wilbur feel? (Chapter 17)

  • How does Templeton feel about the fair? How do you know? (Chapter 18)

  • What does the word humble mean? Does the word humble fit Wilbur? Why or why not? (Chapter 18) 



listless     (adj.)

to lack energy or spirit

wearily     (adv.)

doing something without strength or energy

humble     (adj.)

having belief you are not better than others

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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.

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