The Power of Friendship: Charlotte's Web

Lesson 2

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Analyze how the author uses the details of chapter two to deepen a readers understanding of each family members perspective of Wilbur.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 2

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Which statement about Fern has the most support in chapter 2?

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

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Writing Prompt

How does the author use the details of chapter 2 to deepen a reader’s understanding of each family member’s perspective on Wilbur?

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Key Questions


“Fern loved Wilbur more than anything.” Why did the author start with this statement? What evidence does the author include to support it?
“But her father was firm about it.” Why does Mr. Arable have this opinion?

On page 9 why is Fern enchanted? What does it mean to be enchanted?

What is Wilbur like? What kinds of details does the author include to describe Wilbur?



enchanted     (adj.)

something that is so interesting that it holds your attention

relieved     (adj.)

feeling relaxed and happy because something difficult didn't happen

amused     (v.)

entertained someone in a pleasant way

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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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