A Spider, A Pig and A Fantastic Farm



When teaching Charlotte's Web in the ESL classroom, it is important to keep in mind the students' level of English proficiency. While the story is fairly simple, the vocabulary can be quite challenging for lower-level students. It is therefore important to provide plenty of support and scaffolding. Some ideas for doing this include pre-teaching key vocabulary, using visuals to support the text, and providing sentence frames for key scenes. By taking these things into consideration, teachers can ensure that all students are able to enjoy and understand this classic tale.


In Charlotte's Web, Fern Arable is a young girl who loves animals. She pleads with her father not to kill a runt pig, and he gives in. Fern then cares for the pig, naming him Wilbur. When Wilbur is old enough, he is taken to Zuckerman's farm. There, Charlotte, a spider, befriends Wilbur. Charlotte saves Wilbur's life by spinning words into her web, ultimately leading to his fame. Charlotte's Web is a classic children's book that can be used to teach various lessons in the ESL classroom.


In ESL classrooms, Charlotte's Web can be used to teach a variety of topics. For example, the book can be used to teach vocabulary, grammar, and other language skills. Additionally, the book can be used to teach about different cultures and customs.


  • Before reading the book, have a discussion about what animals live on a farm. Call on students to name as many animals as they can. As they name the animals, write them on the board.
  • Next, explain that you are going to read a story about a spider named Charlotte. Ask the students if they have ever seen a spider before. Call on a few students to describe what they have seen.
  • Plan a Charlotte's Web ESL lesson by reading the book with your class and discussing the characters, plot, and theme.
  • Use Charlotte's Web ESL worksheets to reinforce key vocabulary and grammar points.
  • Encourage your students to read Charlotte's Web in English outside of class to practice their reading skills.
  • Organize a Charlotte's Web-themed ESL game or activity to make learning fun.
  • Incorporate Charlotte's Web into
  • Charlotte's Web is a great novel to teach in the ESL classroom because it is a classic story that is enjoyed by both children and adults.
  • Read the book aloud to the class
  • Watch the movie together
  • Assign a project to have students create their own Charlotte's Web
  • Have students read other books by E.B. White
  • Show a movie or documentary about spiders
  • Have students do a research project on spiders
  • Learn about farm animals
  • Do a lesson on web spinning
  • Make a Charlotte's Web diorama
  • Do a taste test of foods mentioned in the book
  • Have a spider petting zoo
  • Do a creative writing activity related to the book
  • Before or after reading/watching, discuss with students the life cycle of a spider
  • Have students build their own spiders out of craft materials
  • Learn about pigs life cycle
  • Have students write their own Charlotte's Web stories


In conclusion, using Charlotte's Web in the ESL classroom is a great way to teach grammar, vocabulary, and other important language skills. Not only is the story itself enjoyable, but it also provides a wealth of material for discussion and analysis. What's more, Charlotte's Web is appropriate for a wide range of ages and levels, making it a versatile tool for ESL teachers.

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