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Charlotte's Web by E. B. White - Discussion Guide



Charlotte, Wilbur, Templeton, Fern

The Arables, The Zuckermans, Avery, Henry Fussy

Farm Animals, Dr. Dorian, Uncle, Baby Spiders


Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.


Analyze themes such as: friendship, acceptance, loneliness, courage, death, believing in yourself, coming of age, self-sacrifice, cycles of the life and the change of seasons, animal rights, etc.

Do symbols foreshadow the plot, affect tone and/or meaning?

Pre-Reading/Post-Reading Activities

Science: Farm life (animals, feed, barn, tools & machinery), change of seasons, pigs, spiders, spider webs, etc.

Math: County Fair Money (admission, prizes, rides, food, etc.)

Classroom Projects: Art, "Web" Vocabulary, Fieldtrip to Farm, etc.