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Charlotte's Web

Lesson 8


Describe Templeton and how the others feel about him.

Readings and Materials

  • Book: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White  — Ch. 6

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Target Task


Multiple Choice

Read the sentence from page 47. “Even Wilbur, who could eat almost anything, was appalled.”

Which does the word appalled mean as used in this sentence?

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

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Writing Prompt

Who is Templeton? How do the others feel about him? Why?

Mastery Response


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Key Questions


  • How does the author show that something has changed with the seasons?

  • Read the quote from page 46. “The rat had no morals, no conscience, no scruples, no consideration, no decency, no milk of rodent kindness, no compunctions, no higher feeling, no friendliness, no anything.” What do all of these words have in common? What do they suggest about Templeton?
  • Describe the goose. How does she interact with Templeton? Why?



appalled     (v.)

caused someone to feel shock, fear, or disgust

disgust     (n.)

a strong feeling of dislike

dud     (n.)

something that is a complete failure

shamelessly     (adv.)

to do something without shame

decency     (n.)

polite and honest behavior that shows respect towards others

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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.

Spiral Standards