Activity Overview

Keeping track of new vocabulary is extremely beneficial to students as they read. Students can create a visual vocabulary board, or use a vocabulary graphic organizer to keep track! For this activity, students will define a word from Charlotte’s Web, use it in a sentence, explain how it’s used in the book, and draw an illustration. Teachers may provide words or have the students choose. The worksheets may be completed online, or modified and printed out to be completed with a pencil.

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Template and Class Instructions

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Due Date:

Objective: Complete the worksheet for a vocabulary word from Charlotte’s Web.

Student Instructions:

  1. Write the definition of your word.
  2. Write a sentence using the word. This should not be from the book.
  3. Write how the word is used in the book.
  4. Illustrate the word!

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/1/4] Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
  • [ELA-Literacy/L/2/4] Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.


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Visual Vocabulary Assignment
Define, illustrate, and give an example sentence for any five vocabulary words.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
The definition is correct.
The definition is partially correct.
The definition is incorrect.
The storyboard cells clearly illustrate the meaning of the vocabulary words.
The storyboard cells relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words, but are difficult to understand.
The storyboard cells do not clearly relate to the meaning of the vocabulary words.

How To Teach Complex Vocabulary Using Sentence Formation


Act Out the Words

Teachers can provide one complex word to each student in the class with meaning. Each student will then act out the word in front of the class and the rest of the students will guess the meaning of that word. The game can end once all the students are done with their words.


Explain Sentence Structure

To understand the meaning of a word in a sentence or to use a word in a sentence, students first need to understand the sentence structure. Teachers can explain this simple structure with the help of a few basic examples.


Explain the Usage of Context Clues

Teach students how to deduce the meaning of unknown words by looking at the surrounding words and phrases for context clues. Students can also play a game where the teacher uses a word in a sentence and the rest of the class has to guess the meaning.


Give Reading Assignments

Give students passages with difficult vocabulary and ask them to identify the words and deduce the meanings from the context. After guessing the meaning from the context, students have to use the word in sentences of their own.


Encourage Creative Writing

Encourage the students to write more about their daily life or their favorite topics. Even if they do not know how to write correct sentences or use correct words, always motivate them and celebrate their accomplishments to promote creativity.

Frequently Asked Questions About Charlotte's Web Vocabulary

How can students deduce the meaning of unknown words using context cues?

By examining the words and phrases immediately around the unfamiliar word, students can employ context clues. Based on how it is utilized in the phrase and how it ties to the larger context of the tale, they can deduce the meaning. Practicing this method often will also help students to think from a different perspective and increase their speed of thinking and making deductions.

What are some of the important and complex terms used often in "Charlotte's Web"?

"Charlotte's Web" has several important vocabulary terms, including "salutations," "humble," "terrific," "gullible," "conspiracy," "injustice," and "veritable." Due to their complexity or uncommon usage in spoken English, several of the terms in "Charlotte's Web" could be difficult for young readers to understand. For instance, terms like "salutations" or "radiant" could need an explanation. Understanding the story's topics and character interactions requires knowledge of these terms.

How can students use this vocabulary in their sentences?

Students can use this complex vocabulary in simple sentences of their own after understanding the meaning and going through a few examples. For instance, for the word “humble” they can use the sentence “We should always remain humble because arrogance leads to failure”.

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