Dorian to ask him what he makes of Fern thinking the animals can talk and what he makes of the mysterious writing in the web. A pig called Wibur is about to get killed for Christmas , but a spider, Charlotte, has a plan to save Wilbur. Further generations of spiders keep him company in subsequent years. Morality Main Character Counterpoint Main Character Thematic Conflict Self-Interest vs. Fern is enchanted by life at the Zuckerman's barn and enjoys listening to Charlotte's stories and spending time with the animals there. Nevertheless, he plays a crucial role in the story by finding the words and retrieving the egg sac.
He is a doctor and therefore carries serious scientific clout and so when he says that Fern may well be right about the animals speaking and that doctors have things they don't understand, he lends credibility to the whole story. He is described by Charlotte as 'too familiar, too noisy' and she tells Wilbur that 'he cracks weak jokes. And the best friend of all in this barn is an itty-bitty grey spider named Charlotte. Then a spider named Charlotte came and befriended Wilbur. Wilbur and Charlotte become good friends as Charlotte helps Wilbur devise a plan keep Wilbur from being butchered at the end of the season. She can't bear Wilbur crying, saying that she can't stand 'hysterics'. In the beginning she looks after Wilbur as a mother would and when he is sent to live with her uncle, she still visits him.
Zuckerman, et al, must imagine the words in the web are a miracle, not the work of a common grey spider. Throughout the novel she mothers Wilbur and looks after him as if he were her own. Templeton Templeton is the rat that lives under Wilbur's trough. I have to be sharp and clever, lest I go hungry. White's original story was released in 2006.
She convinces her daddy to let her keep the pig as a pet and then gives him a memorable name: Wilbur, of course. Use the chart to keep track, and then relate one of the feelings to your own experience. Obtaining Main Character Signpost 2 Once Wilbur finds out he may be the main entree for Christmas dinner, he is concerned with obtaining amnesty from execution. This guided writing page addresses the qualities of leadership in life and in Charlotte's Web. Students can do this for just a few main characters, or for all of the characters in the story. Like Templeton, he is a source of comic relief. Although he does so reluctantly, he has a large impact on what happens to Wilbur in the end.
She encourages Wilbur to escape and then gives him direction to run when Lurvy, Mr. He says that it is quite possible that animals can talk and that the reason that adults cannot hear them might be because they talk too much to hear what is going on in nature. Reasoning that Zuckerman would not kill a famous pig, Charlotte weaves words or short phrases in praise of Wilbur into her web, making the barn, and pig, a tourist attraction, with the web believed to be a miracle. Knowing that if Wilbur is killed he won't have access to his slops, Templeton reluctantly scavenges for newspaper clippings to help Charlotte. He has a wife, Edith, and an assistant named Lurvy. Moreover, he is a practical man who has lost any sentimental feelings for the animals he keeps but he seems more in touch with his daughter than his wife is: he is not so quick to dismiss Fern's claims that the animals talk.
Fern is a great little mama to Wilbur, but Wilbur eventually gets too big to be a house pet. As Wilbur carries the sac in his mouth and is led into the crate, he winks at Charlotte and she musters all the energy she can to wave goodbye. I have to get my own living. Even after Charlotte dies, Wilbur becomes friends with a few of her offspring, who are able to continue to help keep Wilbur alive for many years. Wilbur is sad to leave Fern. He is sensitive, vulnerable, polite and often insecure.
Influence Character Throughline Synopsis Charlotte appreciates Wilbur for who he is, and in addition to working toward saving his life, gently guides his maturation process. At the fair, Charlotte is disappointed to see that beside Wilbur's pen is a much larger spring pig called. Wilbur shows friendship and loyalty to Charlotte by transporting her egg sac back to the barn to keep her children safe. Overall Story Throughline Synopsis Wilbur is born onto a farm where, as a matter of course, runts are immediately put to death and pigs that grow up are slaughtered for winter feasts. He soon realizes that Charlotte is everything but cruel and bloodthirsty and that her method of eating is entirely necessary for a spider. When Fern is given the piglet, Avery - late out of bed - demands that he is given one too.
He points out just how wondrous nature really is. Summary Charlotte's Web is the story of Wilbur the pig and his friendship with Fern Arable, the little girl who adopts him, and his barnyard friends - most importantly, Charlotte the spider. He feeds Wilbur and helps to catch him when he escapes. She hasn't worked out how to save him yet, but she is determined that she will. In Grades 2-4, students are beginning to transition from retelling a book orally, to summarizing lengthier texts both orally, and in writing.
So Charlotte weaves her final sign. This can also be done in reverse with the teacher providing the effect, and students determining the cause. Templeton is a gluttonous rat who helps Charlotte and Wilbur only when offered food. Wilbur eventually discovers that the farmer slaughters pigs and does not want this fate. Goose Goose is an attentive mother and is keen to protect her eggs from harsh weather and the suspicious Templeton. According to Matthew Scully, the novel presents the difference in the worldview of adults versus the world view of children.
Student Instructions Make a storyboard summary of Charlotte's Web. Everyone who comes to Wilbur's pen has something good to say about him. Both Wilbur and Fern are, at first, horrified by the realization that life must end; however, by the end of the novel, both characters learn to accept that everything must die. Ten names are suggested and blank spaces are also included. Wilbur notices that Charlotte is quiet and looks unwell. Henry Fussy is a boy Fern's age whom Fern becomes very fond of. She becomes like a mother to lonely Wilbur, telling him stories and singing to him, and teaching him about life and the loyalty of friendship.