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Charlotte's Web

Lesson 7


Analyze the significance of the words Wilbur uses to describe Charlotte and what this reveals about him.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 5

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

What does the word gloomily show about how Wilbur is feeling on page 39?

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

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Writing Prompt

Read the following quote from page 41: “I’ve got a friend, all right. But what a gamble friendship is! Charlotte is fierce, brutal, scheming and bloodthirsty – everything I don’t like. How can I learn to like her, even though she is pretty and, of course, clever?”

What is the significance of the words Wilbur uses to describe Charlotte? What does this reveal about him?

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Key Questions


  • Why is Wilbur unable to sleep? Give two examples of what he does to try and clear his mind.

  • On page 35, the author says, “He lay down meekly in the manure, facing the door.” What does the word meekly suggest about the way Wilbur is feeling?

  • On page 39, the author uses the following words: gasped, groaned, and gloomily. What do these words show about the way Wilbur felt? Why?

  • How does Wilbur change on pages 35-39? What descriptive details does the author include to help a reader notice the change?

  • What information does the goose share with the reader on page 40?

  • What details does the author use to show that Charlotte is “bloodthirsty” and scary?



brutal     (adj.)

extremely cruel

scheming     (n.)

a sneaky plan to do or get something

bloodthirsty     (adj.)

eager to hurt or kill

clever     (adj.)

intelligent in a tricky way

salutations     (n.)


objectionable     (adj.)

not good or right

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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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