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Venn Diagram

Students use this diagram to compare stories, characters, plays, ect.


  1. Draw 2 concentric circles.
  2. Note similarities in the space created by the intersection of the 2 circles.
  3. Note difference in the area outside the intersecting lines.


Rationale: Students have a difficult time analyzing similarities and differences when reading stories, articles, etc. This diagram forces students to focus and to visually represent these similarities and differences.



  1. Pose an essay question involving a comparison/contrast.
  2. Model the Venn Diagram on the board.
  3. Ask for responses to complete the diagram.
  4. Pose another question. Students can work in pairs until they feel comfortable with the process.

Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major