Charlotte's Web

Lesson 5

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Describe how E.B. White creates the feeling of loneliness.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 4

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Target Task


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What does the phrase “couldn’t bear it” from page 27 show about Wilbur?

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

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Writing Prompt

How does E.B. White create the feeling of loneliness?

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Key Questions


  • "Rain upset Wilbur's plans." What were Wilbur's plans? What do his plans show about him?
  • What does the phrase "couldn't bear it" mean? What does the description show about Wilbur?
  • How did the other animals respond to Wilbur's request for friendship? How does this make Wilbur feel? 



endure     (v.)

to put up with something difficult for a while

dreary     (adj.)

not warm or cheerful

gloomy     (adj.)

not hopeful or promising

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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.

  • RL.3.4 — Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

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