Charlotte's Web

Lesson 3


Explain how Wilbur’s interactions with the goose help the reader get a better understanding of who he is.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 3

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

How does Wilbur feel about freedom at the end of the chapter?


He feels disappointed that he is not free and wishes he could still be roaming around.


He feels worried that he may never see Fern and that he needs to go out and find her.


He feels that freedom is only for very stubborn farm animals.


He feels relieved that he is no longer “free” and is finally back in his pen.

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


“He felt peaceful and happy and sleepy.”


“’Reconsider, reconsider!’ cried the goose.”


“Wilbur paid no attention.”


“An hour of freedom is worth a barrel of slops.”

Writing Prompt

How do Wilbur’s interactions with the goose help the reader get a better understanding of who he is?

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Key Questions


  • On page 13-15, what descriptive details does the author include to help the reader better understand the setting?
  • Wilbur says, "I'm less than two months old and I'm tired of living." Why does Wilbur say this?
  • How does Goose influence Wilbur? Does he have a positive or negative influence? How do you know?
  • How does Wilbur initially feel about his "freedom"? What details does the author include to help readers better understand how he feels?
  • Read the paragraph from page 19. "Wilbur didn't know what to do or which way to run. It seemed as though everybody was after him. 'If this is what it's like to be free,' he thought, 'I believe I'd rather be penned up in my own yard.'" Explain the significance of this statement and why Wilbur was feeling that way.
  • Do the other animals help or confuse Wilbur? Why?
  • Why do you think Wilbur preferred being "penned" up as opposed to his freedom?



commotion     (n.)

noisy excitement or confusion

praise     (v.)

to say nice things to someone

appeal/lure     (v.)

to make a request for something

dazed     (adj.)

having a hard time acting or thinking right after a surprise or injury

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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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