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Charlotte's Web: A Discussion Guide for Kids & Parents

Use these questions to start a discussion with your child about "Charlotte's Web" by E. B. White.

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Charlotte's Web
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Use these questions to start a discussion with your child about Charlotte's Web by E. B. White, a classic favorite for grades 3–5. Read the book yourself too, so you can better discuss the story and enjoy the online activities together.

  • If you were Charlotte, what would you have written in your web about Wilbur?
  • Why did Charlotte like Wilbur so much?
  • Is Templeton the rat a hero or a villain in the story? Why?
  • Do you think Charlotte's three daughters will write words in their webs too, like their mother did? What will they write?
  • Have you ever had a really close friendship with an animal?
  • What makes someone a good friend?
  • Do you eat meat? If so, do you ever think about the animals it came from? What do you think about vegetarianism? Do you think Fern is a vegetarian?
  • In the beginning of Charlotte's Web, Fern saves Wilbur from death. Would you have saved Wilbur too? Tell about a time when you stood up for someone smaller or weaker than yourself.
  • When everybody is at the county fair, Fern leaves Wilbur alone in his pen while she explores the sights (and food and rides). Why did she do this?
  • Are you planning to watch the movie, Charlotte's Web? What part of the book are you most looking forward to seeing?



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