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Venn Diagram Collage

Arts and crafts, Venn diagrams, and literature all come together as students compare and contrast stories. Opportunities for student creativity are endless!
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Comparing Literature Themes pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Comparing Literature Themes pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to compare and contrast themes and patterns of events in literature.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
  • Call students together around the copies of books that they have read throughout the year. Have a blank Venn diagram posted.
  • Ask students if they know what the diagram is. Explain that a Venn diagram is used to compare and contrast things. The ways that they are different go in the parts of the circles not overlapping and the ways that they are the same go in the part of the circle that overlaps.
  • Ask students if they know what a collage is. Explain that a collage is a type of artwork made by pasting different things onto a single surface.
  • Point out all of the different books that were read this year. Ask the students about different ways they could sort these stories. Some examples you could give are: by topic, by part of the world, by genre.


  • Provide students with an example of a completed Venn diagram, comparing and contrasting two simple objects such as apples and oranges.


  • Define "topic," "genre," "compare," and "contrast" in student-friendly terms, and in students' home languages, if applicable. Show students real collages or pictures of collages on the internet.

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fourth grade
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