All the background information your students need to LOVE Charlotte's Web! .
Students sometimes have a hard time relating to--and consequently, comprehending--a historical novel. Much of the book may be foreign to a 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grader: the era, the culture, and the setting. As teachers, we sometimes assume kids "get" more than they actually do.
I created a "Visual Text Support" PowerPoint slide show for the novel Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. My purpose was to generate student excitement and familiarity with the story while offering a visual context for historical background and vocabulary. I also wanted supporting activities aligned with Common Core objectives, and of course it needed comprehension questions and answers. Let's face it...I wanted the whole package!
Results: This comprehensive slide show I created made a huge difference in my students' engagement with the text and understanding of the story. It has been a flexible teaching tool that has proven to be an excellent way to scaffold the text for ELL students, while all students benefited from the enriched historical background.