Venn Diagrams: Contrasts in Color

Venn Diagrams: Contrasts in Color lesson plan

Do you wonder how to organize your thoughts for a compare/contrast assignment? Record the information on a colorful Venn diagram.

  • 1.

    Ask students to think of two subjects they can compare? They could be two stories, cultures, animals, people, or almost any other material. Read the stories or research the topic. The sample shown here compares and contrasts Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet" with "West Side Story."

  • 2.

    Draw two intersecting circles on a large dry-erase board with a Crayola Dry-Erase Marker. This is your Venn diagram template.

  • 3.

    With your classmates, discuss the similarities and differences between the two subjects. Write the unique characteristics of one subject in the left circle in one color. Unique aspects of the other subject go in the right circle in another color. Enter all the ways the two overlap (or are similar) in the center using a third color.

  • 4.

    After the diagram is complete, you are ready to make an original Venn diagram comparing two other topics. You are also prepared to write a well-organized compare/contrast essay.


  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • LA: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade level topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
  • LA: Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.


  • Use the Venn diagram format to compare and contrast science topics such as living and non-living organisms.
  • Students collaborate with classmates to revise the ending to a known story.
  • Students investigate various graphic organizers and compare their value when comparing and contrasting two literary works, science concepts, historic battles, etc.