Charlotte's Web

Lesson 15

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Explain why the chapter is titled “Good Progress.”

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 13

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

On page 101, what does Charlotte mean when she says, “I’m in this pretty deep now – I might as well go to the limit”?

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Writing Prompt

Why is the chapter titled “Good Progress”? Support your answer with two different reasons.

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Key Questions


  • Describe how Charlotte spins the webs. Why do you think E.B. White included such a detained description of her web spinning? 

  • How does the web change the way people act? (Make sure to answer this question for Wilbur, Lurvy, and Zuckerman.)
  • How does Charlotte try to figure out what the word "radiant" means? What do you think the word means? 

  • How did Charlotte feel about the first two words Templeton found? Why? How did that make Templeton feel?
  • What was the last word Templeton found? How did everyone feel about it? How do you know?
  • On page 101, Charlotte says, "I'm in this pretty deep now - I might as well go the limit." What does she mean by this?
  • Why does Wilbur ask Charlotte to tell him stories? What is the significance of the stories Charlotte tells?



admiration     (n.)

great respect or approval

radiant     (adj.)

showing happiness or joy

arose     (v.)

moved upward

triumphantly     (adv.)

doing something happily because you won

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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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