Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web. Written by E.B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams. New York: Scholastic, Inc., c1952.

Reading Level: Lexile 680L

Synopsis: Fern saves the runt piglet, Wilbur, from being slaughtered and raises him as a pet pig. As he gets bigger and bigger, he comes closer and closer to being slaughtered for food. The spider, Charlotte, in Wilbur’s pen devises a plan to save his life. She sends the rat, Templeton, to the dumpster to find words in ads that describe Wilbur and writes these in a web hanging in Wilbur’s pen. Wilbur becomes a famous pig winning a prize at the fair, which saves his life.

Rationale for Use in the Classroom: great read aloud

Content Area Connections:

Literacy- fantasy

Character Education- friendship, kindness

Possible Areas of Concern: the concept of killing animals, vocabulary


About jdierk

I am a first-grade teacher working on my MEd in Elementary Education with a focus in literacy.

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This entry was posted on November 3, 2012 by in Chapter Books.

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