ENGL2030: Children’s Literature
Middle Grade Novel Reading “Packet”
Student’s Name: ____________________________________________________________
Title of Middle Grade Novel: Charlotte’s
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
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
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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