Charlotte's Web

Lesson 19

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Analyze how Wilbur has changed and predict what Wilbur will do next.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 16

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

What does the phrase, “His heart almost stopped,” as used on page 126, show about Wilbur?

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Find two other details from the text that support the answer to Part A.

Writing Prompt

How does Wilbur change? How will this change impact what happens at the fair?

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Key Questions


  • What details does E.B. White include to show how people feel while getting ready for the fair?
  • What decision does Charlotte make about attending the fair? Why? What does this show about her?
  • How is the old sheep able to convince Templeton to go to the fair? What descriptive details about the fair does the sheep share? How does Templeton respond? ("His eyes were blazing")
  • What advice does the old sheep give Wilbur? Why did this end up being important advice?
  • On page 126, what happens that makes Wilbur lose all of his radiance? Why?
  • What does the author mean by saying that Wilbur loses all his radiance? What happens that makes WIlbur lose all of his radiance? Why?

  • What does Mrs. Zuckerman do for Wilbur? Why does she do this?



cautiously     (adv.)

doing something in a way to avoid danger or risk

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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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