Charlotte's Web

Lesson 9


Explain different perspectives by analyzing different characters points of views and reactions to key events in a text.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 7-8

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Read the sentences from page 54.

“At any rate, don’t worry about Fern—she’s just got a lively imagination.”

“’Maybe our ears aren’t as sharp as Fern’s,’ he said.’”

What do these sentences suggest about Mr. Arable?


Mr. Arable agrees with Mrs. Arable that Fern is acting strangely.


Mr. Arable isn’t alarmed by Fern’s behavior.


Mr. Arable thinks that Fern should go see Dr. Dorian to have her ears checked.


Mr. Arable knows that the animals can talk.

Writing Prompt

Chapter 7: Everyone on the farm reacts differently to the bad news that the old sheep gives Wilbur. Why do they all have different reactions?

Chapter 8: How did Mrs. Arable and Mr. Arable react when Fern told them the animals talked to each other? Why do they have different reactions?

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Key Questions


  • What does the sheep tell Wilbur? How are their reactions to this new different?

  • What promise does Charlotte make to Wilbur? What does this show us about her?

  • The author says Mrs. Arable was gazing at her daughter with a queer, worried look. What does this mean? What does it reveal about  Mrs Arable’s feelings? Why do you think she feels that way?

  • Why does the author title the chapter, “A Talk at Home”?



conspiracy     (n.)

a secret plan to do something bad

hysterics     (n.)

extreme emotions

envy     (n.)

to want what others have in a jealous way

detested     (v.)

disliked very strongly

loathed     (v.)

hated very much

vaguely     (adv.)

doing something in a way that is unclear; slightly

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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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