The Power of Friendship: Charlotte's Web

Lesson 10

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Describe how Wilbur is feeling at the end of the chapter and why.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 9

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

What does the word vaguely on page 63 suggest about Charlotte and her plan for Wilbur?

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

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Writing Prompt

How is Wilbur feeling at the end of the chapter? Give two specific reasons to explain why Wilbur feels they way he does.

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Key Questions


What does the word boasting as used on page 56 show about Wilbur? Why?
How do Wilbur's feelings about web spinning change after his second attempt? What details does the author include to help a reader better understand the change?
Wilbur starts "trembling with fear" when he thinks about dying. How do Wilbur's actions after this show how he is feeling? (make sure to notice the questions he is asking Charlotte, the description the author includes to describe the way in which he is asking, and how his behavior changes)
How does Charlotte respond to Wilbur questions? What advice does she give him? Why?
What does the phrase, "Don't lose your nerve," mean?
How does Wilbur respond to the advice Charlotte gives him? Why?



boast     (v.)

to brag

sedentary     (adj.)

to not do much physical activity

neglected     (adj.)

not given enough attention or care

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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.

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