The familiar overlapping circles are names after John Venn who used the concept for number sets and different relationships in mathematics. Venn diagrams are now commonly used as a tool for comparing two or more things in many subject areas.
The Venn diagram is popular for a reason. The areas created by the two (or more) circles make for a striking visual comparison. The graphic organizer is very simple and easy to use, but it is a powerful tool. Any two things can be compared with a Venn diagram, and more complicated versions can compare three or four things.
In a basic two-circle version, there are four main parts: two separate sections for what is unique about the things being compared, a section for what is common between the two where the circles overlap, and the area outside both circles for what is not true for either thing. Use a Venn diagram to show the similarities and differences between characters, ideas, places, events, objects, or anything else. Get started with a Venn diagram template!
To make Venn diagram worksheets, click the "Customize this Example" button below. Once you're in the Storyboard Creator, click on each of the elements on the template to change them to fit your needs. When you're done, hit save and follow the instructions. You can print off your worksheet from the next screen, or it will be saved to your account.