Charlotte's Web Summary

Updated: 4/2/2019
Charlotte's Web Summary
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Charlottes Web Lesson Plans

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

Lesson Plans by Heidi Deck

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White is the classic story of Wilbur the pig. Born the runt of the litter, Wilbur’s is doomed until eight-year-old Fern Arable stands up for him, and insists that he shouldn't be killed. Fern names the runt Wilbur, and they are inseparable until Wilbur is too big to live in their home. He goes to live in Fern’s uncle’s barn where she can visit him. Between Fern’s visits, Wilbur befriends the other animals in the barn, and learns a lot from the comical group of animals that teach him the ways of life. His most cherished friend is Charlotte the spider, who quickly develops a strong bond with Wilbur. Their friendship, and Charlotte’s devotion to Wilbur, will save his life. This touching story will capture the hearts of school aged children for years to come.


Charlotte's Web

Storyboard Description

Create a visual BME plot diagram to summarize Charlotte's Web! Have students create their own or provide them with guiding templates.

Storyboard Text

  • BEGINNING
  • But it's unfair! The pig couldn't help being born small, could it? If I had been born very small at birth, would you have killed me?
  • Fern, I know more about raising a litter of pigs than you. A weakling makes trouble.
  • BEGINNING
  • Salutations!
  • Fern saves Wilbur's life by begging her father to spare him despite his size.
  • MIDDLE
  • Well I don't like to spread bad news, but they're fattening you up because they're going to kill you. That's why.
  • Wilbur is sold to Mr. Zuckerman and begins to make friends in his new home.
  • MIDDLE
  • Wilbur learns his fate from the old sheep.
  • I don't want to die! Save me, somebody! Save me!
  • Charlotte comes up with a plan to save Wilbur’s life. People come from miles around to see the terrific pig!
  • ENDING
  • Prizes
  • ENDING
  • Can I take this to mean that you have definitely decided to live here in the barn cellar and that I am going to have three friends?
  • Mr. Zuckerman enters Wilbur into the State Fair competition. He wins the top prize. Now he will not be slaughtered!
  • Charlotte dies at the fair, but Wilbur and Templeton save her eggs and bring them back to the farm. Three of Charlotte's daughters decide to stay in the barn and befriend Wilbur.