Graphic Organizers included:
Fern vs. Mr. Arable: Use after reading chapter 1 to help students find the viewpoints of Fern & Mr. Arable during the conflict about Wilbur. After analyzing what each character thinks & says, students will use this information to infer something about Fern and Mr. Arable.
Mr. Zuckerman’s Barn: Use after reading chapter 3 to help students visualize the setting of Zuckerman’s Barn.
Wilbur’s Feelings: Wilbur is an emotional character. His feelings change throughout chapters 3, 4, 5. Have your students take note of these feelings during, or after reading these 3 chapters. Use this organizer to discuss how the events in the plot directly affect a character’s feelings. Or, how other characters are causing Wilbur’s feelings to change.
Wilbur & Fern’s Problems: Use after reading chapters 7 and 8. Have your students determine Wilbur & Fern’s problems. Then, look for other character
Theme: Wilbur’s Boast: This graphic organizer accompanies chapter 9. In this chapter, Wilbur learns a very important lesson. Students are asked to find the lesson and provide 3 supporting details.
Cause & Effect: The Explosion: This accompanies chapter 10. Students find causes for the explosion and list its effects. Students are asked to explain why this event was crucial to the story.
Character Analysis Charts: There are 3 character analysis charts for the 3 main characters: Wilbur, Fern, and Templeton. Students will need a character trait list (Check out the Freebie in my TPT store!) to accompany the Wilbur and Fern sheets. The Templeton sheet asks students to find quotes and actions for Templeton. The Templeton activity can lead to a great discussion about Templeton’s character. Ask your students, could he be trusted? Is he a dependable friend?
Secondary Character Analysis: This chart is a good cumulative analysis of the story. Students will determine why each of the secondary characters was included in the story. By completing this activity, students will begin to understand the interactions between the characters and why each character is important to the plot of the story.
Some answer keys are included throughout.