Learn English with Charlotte's Web

#1. The Pig Rescue

3.15.2020   [ UPDATED FEB 2022 ]
Level 4   |   Time: 3:04
Accent: American

Improve your English with an ESL listening lesson from Charlotte's Web. Fern doesn't let her father kill the runt of the litter.

triangle Directions 목표 Direcciones Instruções


    It is important to read the vocabulary and background before you watch the video. This will improve your ability to understand the video. It will also help you understand how the new vocabulary is used naturally.

  2. WATCH the VIDEO

    The first time you watch the video, just try to understand the overall situation.


    First, try to answer all the questions from memory. Then rewatch the video and try to answer the questions that you missed.

  4. WATCH and READ the SCRIPT

    Watch the video again while you read the script. Reading and listening at the same time will help you hear each individual word and improve your listening accuracy.


    There are several different activities that focus on listening accuracy, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.


    Es importante leer el vocabulario y los antecedentes antes de ver el video. Esto mejorará su capacidad para comprender el video. También le ayudará a comprender cómo se usa el nuevo vocabulario de forma natural.

  2. VER el VIDEO

    La primera vez que vea el video, intente comprender la situación general.


    Primero intente responder todas las preguntas de memoria. Luego, vuelva a ver el video e intente responder las preguntas que se perdió.


    Mire el video nuevamente mientras lee el guión. Leer y escuchar al mismo tiempo lo ayudará a escuchar cada palabra individual y mejorará su precisión auditiva.


    Hay una serie de actividades diferentes que se centran en la precisión auditiva, la pronunciación, el vocabulario, la gramática y la estructura de las oraciones.

  1. 어휘와 배경 읽기

    비디오를 보기 전에 어휘와 배경을 읽는 것이 중요합니다. 이렇게 하면 비디오를 이해하는 능력이 향상됩니다. 또한 새로운 어휘가 어떻게 자연스럽게 사용되는지 이해하는데 도움이됩니다.

  2. 비디오 보기

    비디오를 처음 볼 때 전체 상황을 이해하려고 노력하세요.

  3. 문제에 답하기

    먼저 모든 질문에 답을 해보세요. 그런 다음 비디오를 다시보고 놓친 질문에 답해보세요.

  4. 비디오 보면서 대본 읽기

    대본을 읽는 동안 비디오를 다시 보세요. 읽기와 듣기를 동시에 하면 각각의 단어를 듣고, 듣기 정확도를 향상시킬 수 있습니다.

  5. 액티비티 하기

    듣기 정확도, 발음, 어휘, 문법 및 문장 구조에 초점을 맞춘 다양한 액티비티가 있습니다.


    É importante ler o vocabulário e o histórico antes de assistir ao vídeo. Isso melhorará sua capacidade de entender o vídeo. Também ajudará você a entender como o novo vocabulário é usado naturalmente.


    Na primeira vez que assistir ao vídeo, tente entender a situação geral.


    Primeiro, tente responder todas as perguntas de memória. Em seguida, assista novamente ao vídeo e tente responder às perguntas que você errou.


    Assista ao vídeo novamente enquanto lê o roteiro. Ler e ouvir ao mesmo tempo ajudará você a ouvir cada palavra individualmente e a melhorar sua precisão auditiva.


    Existem várias atividades diferentes que se concentram na precisão auditiva, pronúncia, vocabulário, gramática e estrutura da frase.

triangle Vocabulary 어휘 Vocabulário Vocabulario

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a runt [n] - the smallest in a group of babies
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ unjust [adj] - not fair
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ heartless [adj] - no feelings or compassion
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a teat [n] - a nipple of a female mammal from which the milk is sucked by the young
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a sow [n] - a female pig
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ rude [adj] - not polite
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ any minute [exp] - very soon
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ early risers [n] - people who get up early in the morning
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ ridding [v] - getting rid of, eliminating
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ injustice [n] - evil things in the world
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Pop [n] - Dad

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background 배경 O fundo Antecedentes

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Fern Pop Avery
  • Fern is a young girl who lives on a farm.
  • She has a brother named Avery.

triangle Questions 문제 Questões Preguntas

  1. Pop chooses the biggest baby pig to kill.

  2. Fern was a very small baby (a runt).

  3. The mother pig (sow) doesn't have enough teats for all the babies.

  4. Fern offers to take care of the runt.

  5. Mom tells Avery that it is rude to yell.

  6. Pop offers to let Avery take care of a pig as well.

  7. The pigs were born early in the morning (before dawn).

  8. Fern almost forgets to bring the pig with her.

triangle Grammar 문법 Gramática Gramática (verb choice)

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  • What are you (doing) ?
  • Fern, (go) back to bed.
  • You're not going to kill it, are you?
  • It's a runt. Now, (go) back to bed.
  • No, it's not fair! It can't help (being) born small.
  • Careful.
  • If I'd been born small, would you have killed me?
  • Of course not. A little girl is one thing. A runty pig is another.
  • There's no difference! This is unfair and unjust. How could you (be) so heartless?
  • Come here. I want to show you something. You see that? You see? There's 11 pigs and only 10 teats. The sow can't (feed) it, honey.
  • Then I will. I'll (feed) you and take care of you. And I absolutely will not let you kill him.
  • Hey! When did Fern get a pig?
  • Avery, it's rude to point. Give me that. Come, sit, (eat) your breakfast. The bus will (be) here any minute.
  • Good morning.
  • Hey, Pop, can I (have) a pig, too?
  • No. I only give pigs to early risers. Fern was up before dawn, ridding the world of injustice.
  • Fern, (put) that pig down and (get) to school. Avery.
  • See ya.
  • Bye, Pop.
  • (Have) a good one, buddy. It says here we're going to (get) a lot of rain this month.
  • Fern! Your books!
  • Bye.

triangle Sentence Building 문장 만들기 Construção de sentença Construcción de oraciones [ ? ]


This activity is designed to improve sentence accuracy and complexity. Most students can produce the key content words in a sentence. However, they have difficulty with accuracy because the functional words are difficult or can seem unimportant. This activity will help learners eliminate problems with these functional words by giving them immediate feedback on the mistakes they are making. It will also help students develop their use of more natural, varied and complex sentence structures.

TIP: Say the sentence out loud. Notice the types of mistake you make often. Focus on those types of errors. (singular/plural, subject-verb agreement, article use, prepositions, gerunds and infinitives, noun clauses, adjective clauses, word order, and word forms.)


Esta actividad está diseñada para mejorar la precisión y complejidad de las oraciones. La mayoría de los estudiantes pueden producir las palabras clave del contenido en una oración. Sin embargo, tienen dificultades con la precisión porque las palabras funcionales son difíciles o pueden parecer poco importantes. Esta actividad ayudará a los alumnos a eliminar problemas con estas palabras funcionales al brindarles retroalimentación inmediata sobre los errores que están cometiendo. También ayudará a los estudiantes a desarrollar su uso de estructuras de oraciones más naturales, variadas y complejas.

CONSEJO: Diga la oración en voz alta. Observe los tipos de errores que comete con frecuencia. Concéntrese en ese tipo de errores. (singular / plural, concordancia entre sujeto y verbo, uso del artículo, preposiciones, gerundios e infinitivos, cláusulas sustantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, orden de las palabras y formas de las palabras).


이 액티비티는 문장의 정확성과 복잡성을 개선하기 위해 고안되었습니다. 대부분의 학생들은 문장에서 핵심 내용 단어를 생성 할 수 있습니다. 그러나 기능적 단어가 어렵거나 중요하지 않은 것처럼 보일 수 있기 때문에 정확성에 어려움이 있습니다. 이 액티비티는 학습자가 실수에 대한 즉각적인 피드백을 제공함으로써 이러한 기능적 단어의 문제를 제거하는 데 도움이 됩니다. 또한 학생들이 보다 자연스럽고 다양하며 복잡한 문장 구조를 사용하는 데 도움이 됩니다.

팁 : 문장을 크게 말하세요. 자주 저지르는 실수 유형과, 이러한 유형의 오류에 집중하세요. (단수 / 복수, 주어-동사 일치, 관사 사용, 전치사, 동명사 및 부정사, 명사절, 형용사절, 어순 및 단어 형태)


Esta atividade foi desenvolvida para melhorar a precisão e a complexidade das frases. A maioria dos alunos pode produzir as palavras-chave do conteúdo em uma frase. No entanto, eles têm dificuldade com precisão porque as palavras funcionais são difíceis ou podem parecer sem importância. Esta atividade ajudará os alunos a eliminar problemas com essas palavras funcionais, dando-lhes feedback imediato sobre os erros que estão cometendo. Também ajudará os alunos a desenvolver o uso de estruturas de sentenças mais naturais, variadas e complexas.

DICA: Diga a frase em voz alta. Observe os tipos de erro que você comete com frequência. Concentre-se nesses tipos de erros. (singular/plural, concordância sujeito-verbo, uso de artigos, preposições, gerúndios e infinitivos, cláusulas substantivas, cláusulas adjetivas, ordem das palavras e formas das palavras.)

Directions: Write sentences about the video clip using the words given. You can change the word form or add words, but you cannot change the word order. Use a present time frame (tense).

Instrucciones: Escriba oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de la palabra o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa el tiempo presente.

Instrucciones: Escribe oraciones sobre el videoclip usando las palabras dadas. Puede cambiar la forma de las palabras o agregar palabras, pero no puede cambiar el orden de las palabras. Usa tiempo presente.

지시 : 주어진 단어를 사용하여 비디오 클립에 대한 문장을 씁니다. 어형을 변경하거나 단어를 추가할 수 있지만 어순은 변경할 수 없습니다. 현재 시제를 사용합니다.

Sentence 1

Fern / run / out / house / through / rain / and / into / barn

Fern runs out of [the/her] house, through the rain, and into the barn.

Sentence 2

several / baby / pig / just / be / born

Several baby pigs have just been born.

Sentence 3

Fern / dad / pick / up / axe / small / baby / pig

Fern's dad picks up an axe and the smallest baby pig.

Sentence 4

Fern / realize / dad / go / kill / runt

Fern realizes (that) her dad is going to kill the runt.

Sentence 5

Fern / call / dad / heartless

Fern calls her dad heartless.

Sentence 6

Pop / explain / why / he / plan / kill / runt

Pop explains why he plans to kill the runt.

Sentence 7

sow / have / eleven / baby / and / only / ten / teat / so / runt / starve / death

The sow has eleven babies and only ten teats, so the runt will starve to death.

Sentence 8

Fern / offer / take / care / runt

Fern offers to take care of the runt.

Sentence 9

next / morning / Fern / eat / breakfast / parent

The next morning, Fern is eating breakfast with her parents.

Sentence 10

when / Avery / see / Fern / have / pig / he / want / one / too

When Avery sees (that) Fern has a pig, he wants one too.

Sentence 11

Pop / tell / Avery / only / early / riser / get / pig

Pop tells Avery (that) only early risers get pigs.

Sentence 12

Fern / hide / baby / pig / sweater / and / bring / school

Fern hides the baby pig [in/under/beneath] her sweater and brings [him/it] to school.

triangle Compare the Book 책을 비교하다 Compare o livro Comparar el libro

The text below is from the [ original novel ].

  1. Which parts of the video are the same as the novel?
  2. Which parts of the video are different from the novel?
  3. Which parts of the novel are not in the video?

Chapter 1 - Before Breakfast

Where's Papa going with that ax?" said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

"Out to the hoghouse," replied Mrs. Arable. "Some pigs were born last night."

"I don't see why he needs an ax," continued Fern, who was only eight.

"Well," said her mother, "one of the pigs is a runt. It's very small and weak, and it will never amount to anything. So your father has decided to do away with it."

"Do away with it?" shrieked Fern. "You mean kill it? Just because it's smaller than the others?"

Mrs. Arable put a pitcher of cream on the table. "Don't yell, Fern!" she said. "Your father is right. The pig would probably die anyway."

Fern pushed a chair out of the way and ran outdoors. The grass was wet and the earth smelled of springtime. Fern's sneakers were sopping by the time she caught up with her father.

"Please don't kill it!" she sobbed. "It's unfair."

Mr. Arable stopped walking.

"Fern," he said gently, "you will have to learn to control yourself."

"Control myself?" yelled Fern. "This is a matter of life and death, and you talk about _controlling myself." Tears ran down her cheeks and she took hold of the ax and tried to pull it out of her father's hand.

"Fern," said Mr. Arable, "I know more about raising a litter of pigs than you do. A weakling makes trouble. Now run along!"

"But it's unfair," cried Fern. "The pig couldn't help being born small, could it? If I had been very small at birth, would you have killed me?"

Mr. Arable smiled. "Certainly not," he said, looking down at his daughter with love. "But this is different. A little girl is one thing, a little runty pig is another."

"I see no difference," replied Fern, still hanging on to the ax. "This is the most terrible case of injustice I ever heard of."

A queer look came over John Arable's face. He seemed almost ready to cry himself.

"All right," he said. "You go back to the house and I will bring the runt when I come in. I'll let you start it on a bottle, like a baby. Then you'll see what trouble a pig can be."

When Mr. Arable returned to the house half an hour later, he carried a carton under his arm. Fern was upstairs changing her sneakers. The kitchen table was set for breakfast, and the room smelled of coffee, bacon, damp plaster, and wood smoke from the stove.

"Put it on her chair!" said Mrs. Arable. Mr. Arable set the carton down at Fern's place. Then he walked to the sink and washed his hands and dried them on the roller towel.

Fern came slowly down the stairs. Her eyes were red from crying. As she approached her chair, the carton wobbled, and there was a scratching noise. Fern looked at her father. Then she lifted the lid of the carton. There, inside, looking up at her, was the newborn pig. It was a white one. The morning light shone through its ears, turning them pink.

"He's yours," said Mr. Arable. "Saved from an untimely death. And may the good Lord forgive me for this foolishness."

Fern couldn't take her eyes off the tiny pig. "Oh," she whispered. "Oh, look at him! He's absolutely perfect."

She closed the carton carefully. First she kissed her father, then she kissed her mother. Then she opened the lid again, lifted the pig out, and held it against her cheek. At this moment her brother Avery came into the room. Avery was ten.

He was heavily armed - an air rifle in one hand, a wooden dagger in the other.

"What's that?" he demanded. "What's Fern got?"

"She's got a guest for breakfast," said Mrs. Arable. "Wash your hands and face, Avery!"

"Let's see it!" said Avery, setting his gun down. "You call that miserable thing a pig? That's a fine specimen of a pig it's no bigger than a white rat."

"Wash up and eat your breakfast, Avery!" said his mother.

"The school bus will be along in half an hour."

"Can I have a pig, too, Pop?" asked Avery.

"No, I only distribute pigs to early risers," said Mr. Arable. "Fern was up at daylight, trying to rid the world of injustice. As a result, she now has a pig. A small one, to be sure, but nevertheless a pig. It just shows what can happen if a person gets out of bed promptly. Let's eat!"

But Fern couldn't eat until her pig had had a drink of milk.

Mrs. Arable found a baby's nursing bottle and a rubber nipple. She poured warm milk into the bottle, fitted the nipple over the top, and handed it to Fern. "Give him his breakfast!" she said.

A minute later, Fern was seated on the floor in the corner of the kitchen with her infant between her knees, teaching it to suck from the bottle. The pig, although tiny, had a good appetite and caught on quickly.

The school bus honked from the road.

"Run!" commanded Mrs. Arable, taking the pig from Fern and slipping a doughnut into her hand. Avery grabbed his gun and another doughnut.

The children ran out to the road and climbed into the bus.

triangle Discussion 논의 Questões de discussão Discusión

  1. Do you agree with Fern? Is the situation unfair and unjust? Is Pop being heartless? Why?
  2. Fern's father says that Fern is "trying to rid the world of injustice." What does he mean?
  3. Fern offers to take care of the pig. What problems do you think she will have?
  4. Do you think pigs make good pets? What would be the advantages and disadvantages of having a pig as a pet? (Think of two good points and two bad points.)
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triangle Script 대본 Roteiro Texto

Fern: What are you doing?

Pop: Fern, go back to bed.

Fern: You're not going to kill it, are you?

Pop: It's a runt. Now, go back to bed.

Fern: No, it's not fair! It can't help being born small.

Pop: Careful.

Fern: If I'd been born small, would you have killed me?

Pop: Of course not. A little girl is one thing. A runty pig is another.

Fern: There's no difference! This is unfair and unjust. How could you be so heartless?

Pop: Come here. I want to show you something. You see that? You see? There's 11 pigs and only 10 teats. The sow can't feed it, honey.

Fern: Then I will. I'll feed you and take care of you and absolutely will not let you kill him.

Avery: Hey! When did Fern get a pig?

Mom: Avery, it's rude to point. Give me that. Come, sit, eat your breakfast. The bus will be here any minute.

Pop: Good morning.

Avery: Hey, Pop, can I have a pig, too?

Pop: No. I only give pigs to early risers. Fern was up before dawn, ridding the world of injustice.

Fern, put that pig down and get to school. Avery.

Pop: See ya.

Avery: Bye, Pop.

Pop: Have a good one, buddy. It says here we're going to get a lot of rain this month.

Mom: Fern! Your books!

Fern: Bye.

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