Web of Ideas

A. Wills
Multiple Subject Teacher

This lesson will allow students to practice reading out loud and determine character traits of various characters.

Grade Level: 3 - 5th

Subject: English/Language Arts

Length of Time: Five 45 Minute Sessions

Common Core Alignment

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3 - Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events

Objectives & Outcomes

Students should be able to accurately determine characteristics of various main characters.

Materials Needed

Printer paper, pencil, copies of the book ‘Charolette’s Web’ by E.B.White, colored pencils


Opening to Lesson

Begin by asking students how they know what words to use to describe someone. Do you use what you can see? What they do? How they behave in different settings? Have students offer examples of how they would know someone is good, kind, angry, talkative, etc.

Body of Lesson

Have students read the short novel ‘Charlotte’s Web’ by E.B. White. This can be done in groups, as a class, or as individuals based on teacher preference. Tell students that throughout the book each character is demonstrating traits in different ways.


Have students fold a sheet of paper in half. On each half, front and back draw a web. In the center of the web draw one of the characters (Charlotte, Fern, Wilbur, Templeton). On each line of the web write a characteristic and find a sentence from the book that shows this characteristic. (Sample web included) Display webs.

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Assessment & Evaluation

The students will create ‘webs’ of descriptions of characters from the text with corresponding characteristics.

Modification & Differentiation

Special needs students may be given fewer required character traits to add to the web.

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