Charlotte's Web Character Posters
Before beginning the character poster, students need to know the types of characters or character trait definitions and be able to apply the terms to the characters in the novel. You may need to teach students the terms or review them depending on the age or level of the students.
If this lesson is for lower elementary students, you only may want to teach them static and dynamic. These types are easily understood and easy to apply to characters in books.
Students should know before beginning the posters that the posters will be assessed on the criteria of creativity, correctness, and neatness. Teachers may want to make a rubric to assess the posters.
Review or Teach Character Type or Character Traits
- Flat character: A character that seems to have only one side. This type of character tends to be a minor character that usually has only one personality trait; however, the flat characters are usually essential to the story.
- Round character: A character that is multi-dimensional. This type of character is very developed and has many emotions and personality traits.
- Static character: This type of character never changes. This character does not develop into a better person; he or she just stays the same.
- Dynamic character: This type of character undergoes a major change. The character will develop into a better or sometimes a worse person because of a change he or she makes.
Steps for the Charlotte’s Web Activity
Step 1: Students should choose one of the main characters from the novel to create a character poster.
Step 2: The character's name should be neatly written at the top of the poster.
The main characters who are animals are as follows: Wilbur the pig, Charlotte A. Cavatica the spider, Geoffrey the goose, Templeton the rat, and Uncle the pig who is Wilbur's competition at the fair.
The main characters who are human are as follows: Henry Fussy, Mr. and Mrs. Arable, Mr. and Mrs. Zuckerman, Avery Arable, and Fern Arable.
Step 3: Students should include the following on the poster:
- a picture of the main character that the student draws
- a passage that describes the character's personality and/or physical description
- the page number where the passage was found
- identification of type of character: round, flat, static or dynamic
This activity will allow students to learn about character traits. In addition, students will be able to showcase their creativity and art skills. Teachers should hang up all the character posters and ask students to present them to the whole class to wrap up the lesson.
Other Charlotte's Web activities available at Bright Hub will help increase the students' vocabulary. And, there are teacher guides and a summary.