Students will work together in groups to discuss the different character traits their character
displays. After developing many traits, students will collaborate to create a PowerPoint of at least
4 slides with sentences that describe the character displaying these traits throughout the book.
After completing the PowerPoint presentations, students will head back to their groups and
create a timeline of their character’s events throughout the story.
Students will describe a character from the book, Charlotte’s Web, by developing a character
traits list with a PowerPoint. While the students are presenting the character trait PowerPoint, the
students will also be dressed as the characters. Students will also create a timeline of events of
their character by creating a booklet with their group.
1. Review with students the meaning of what a character is and describe what is a character trait.
2. Review parts of the book, Charlotte’s Web, by calling on several people to review what has
happened in the last chapter.
3. Today, we are going to discuss some of the main characters of the story. Call on several
students to discuss the main characters. (Charlotte, Wilbur, Fern, Templeton, Henry, Uncle,
Some of the other Animals.)
4. List the main characters on the board. Students should be in their groups taking notes.
5. Call on students to describe one character trait for each character. “What is a character trait of
Wilbur?” Students may answer that he is fearful or lonely.
6. After describing one character trait for each character, assign a character to each group.
7. The group will then brainstorm character traits by using a graphic organizer.
8. Once students are finished brainstorming, they will proceed to the computers.
9. Students must complete a PowerPoint with at least 4 slides of character traits for each
character. Include in the slides a sentence from the book that describes the character trait of the
10. After completing the PowerPoint, the group will present the PowerPoint to the class.
11. Once everyone has presented to the class, allow students to head back to their seats and
watch a short video on sequence of events: http://youtu.be/ZEWitdYB6_Y
12. Review with the class what is an event. Also, review with the class some different types of
things that have sequences.
13. Students will work with their group to create a timeline booklet of their characters sequence
of events throughout the story. Inside the booklet, students must include 6 main events. Each
page must include a 2-3 sentence of the main event plus a picture.
14. Display and discuss an example of a timeline on the board for students to see.
15. In closure, review with students what a is a character. Head back to the list on the board and
add more character traits to the character’s names.
16. Review 2-3 characters timelines with the class. Discuss with the students, “Did this event
happen before this major event?” -yes, no?
Technology Resources Needed:
Interactive whiteboard, PowerPoint with character traits list displayed, computer, Powerpoint