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?
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.
Purchase answer to see full