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The reading packet for the novel

ENGL 2030

SUNY at Buffalo

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Hi, please read Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White and the completing of the packet of Middle Grade Novel questions 1 to 15 for that novel. Please answer and write specific by correcting grammar and spelling. Please also include page number. I uploaded the packet of Middle Grade Novel Question file and answer questions # 1 to 15 in that document. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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ENGL2030: Children’s Literature Kirk Middle Grade Novel Reading “Packet” Student’s Name: ____________________________________________________________ Title of Middle Grade Novel: Charlotte’s Web__________________________________________________ Author of Novel: E.B. White _____________________________________________________________ Illustrator (if applicable): Garth Williams _____________________________________________________ * DIRECTIONS: Please jot a few notes that address each of the questions asked below about the novel. Be prepared to discuss your answers in small groups and/or in class as a whole. Please staple your answers to the back of this packet directions sheet. Finishing the packet goes toward your Discussion/Participation grade in the course. 1. Who is the protagonist of this novel? 2. Is there an antagonist? If so, which character is it? 3. What is the setting of the novel? How does it contribute to the story? 4. Is the novel realistic or a fantasy? How would the story change if told in the other genre (e.g. a fantasy told as a realistic story)? 5. What is the main conflict in the novel? Is this conflict relatable for children? Why or why not? 6. How does the main character change by the end of the novel? 7. Is vocabulary a noticeable feature of the novel? If so, please provide 2 examples with page numbers and explain how the author may have young readers in mind in using words such as these. ENGL2030: Children’s Literature -- Middle Grade Novel, Reading Packet, 2 8. Are there illustrations in the edition you read? If so, how or what do they add to the story, in your opinion? Please choose one illustration, giving the page number, as an example of your view. 9. What does the title of the novel tell us about the story? 10. Considering the “middle grade reader” (a young person about ages 9-11, or in grades 3-5 in school), would you say this novel is appropriate for most readers that age? Why or why not? 11. Cite a passage from the novel that particularly strikes you for whatever reason. What made you choose this passage to highlight? What do you like about it? 12. How would you describe the author’s style? In what way (or ways) is the style appropriate for “middle grade” children, would you say? 13. Look at the structure of the novel – chapter breakdowns/titles, story arc, etc. Does this organization seem to help young readers follow the story? If so,how? Does it work for you as an adult reader? Why or why not? 14. What is one theme of this novel (there is usually more than one!)? Please state it in one sentence. What makes you see this as an overall theme? How might this theme benefit young people, and is it one that adults could benefit from as well? 15. Please complete one (1) of the following in response to this novel: A.) Creative response: Write an imaginary “journal entry” in the “voice” of any character from the novel. The entry could be about events, etc. that take place in the novel, or that you imagine outside the confines of the novel. Make your entry at least 250 words (or about 1-page, double-spaced, if typed). B.) Practical response: How would you “teach” this novel to a class of middle grade students, if given that responsibility? E.g.: Would you have the class read the novel aloud in school, then answer a packet of questions for homework? Assign the novel for homework and answer questions in small groups &/or class discussions? Would you have art projects related to the novel? Other activities? Please describe in at least 250 words. C.) Literary response: Research 1 to 2 critical responses to this novel and/or biographical background on the author. Write a working thesis statement and a working outline (about 3 bullet points/phrases w/ page numbers for ex., ok) for a sample paper that could be written about the novel (no need to write out the paper ENGL2030: Children’s Literature -- Middle Grade Novel, Reading Packet, 3 to complete this response.). Prepare an annotated bibliography about the sources you find (a sentence or two about each source is ok), using MLA documentation format and include this at the end of your working thesis & outline. This material (working thesis + working outline + annotated bibliography) = about 1 page. ...
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ENGL2030: Children’s Literature
Kirk
Middle Grade Novel Reading “Packet”
Student’s Name: ____________________________________________________________
Title of Middle Grade Novel: Charlotte’s
Web__________________________________________________
Author of Novel: E.B. White
_____________________________________________________________
Illustrator (if applicable): Garth Williams
_____________________________________________________
*
DIRECTIONS: Please jot a few notes that address each of the questions asked
below about the novel. Be prepared to discuss your answers in small groups and/or
in class as a whole. Please staple your answers to the back of this packet directions
sheet. Finishing the packet goes toward your Discussion/Participation grade in the
course.
1. Who is the protagonist of this novel? The protagonist in the novel, “Charlotte’s
Web”, is the Wilbur the Pig. When Wilbur is born he is thought to be too weak to
live until his fate change when fern take pity on him. Wilbur is full of live and loves
his barnyard life and his friends. Once he learns about his fate, he cries as other
animals’ tease him as they think he is foolish for not realizing his place, but with
Charlotte helps he is able avoid being slaughtered.
2. Is there an antagonist? If so, which character is it? The antagonist in the novel
is Homer Zuckerman the farmer. Although, Homer seems pretty cool and feeds his
animals and even shows Wilbur off at the Fair, he became the antagonist since he
plans to slaughter Wilbur. Wilbur is the main protagonist in the novel and we are
rooting for him to survive; and that means Homer’s plan to kill Wilbur makes him a
serious antagonist.
3. What is the setting of the novel? How does it contribute to the story?
In the novel, there are three settings; the Fern’s house, county fair and the barn.
The main setting of the novel is Fern’s uncle’s farm; where Wilburn grows up and
became famous with the help of Charlotte, the spider. At the Fern’s house is where
Wilbur is almost killed, but he is saved by Fern. The fair is where Wilbur wins an

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award and also where Charlotte died. Each of these setting plays an important role
in emphasizing the main idea of the story as well as builds up the character within
the story as they create memories some which are good and some which are bad.
4. Is the novel realistic or a fantasy? How would the story change if told in the
other genre (e.g. a fantasy told as a realistic story)?
The novel is a fantasy genre since it contains many fantastic characteristics ...

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