Charlotte’s Web


About the story

Wilbur is a runt piglet saved first by a farmer’s daughter, and then by a spider named Charlotte. How she manages to do this, and why, is the focus of this much-loved story by E.B. White. It’s not just that words “magically” appear in Charlotte’s Web, but that we discover selflessness, friendship, and death to be the meaning of life.  Small pig, small spider, small book—but enormous lessons.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience Charlotte’s Web with your students in hands-on, meaningful ways! Your kids can pack up Wilbur for the fair, do dump runs for special words, weave Charlotte’s web with a special point of view, explain some big words to Templeton, and so much more! 

Let’s face it, with multiple kids, at varying levels of ability, different ages, and interests it can be hard to find things that really work for everyone (momma included). This [guide for Charlotte’s Web] has done a wonderful job of helping all of my kids to get involved and really experience and explore [one] of these great stories.

From a review by Abby Banks, Making Room 4 One More

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on Charlotte’s Web. It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Guide for Charlotte’s Web includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows
  • a PDF version, for clean and easy printing

This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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