Activity Overview

The two main characters in All American Boys, Rashad Butler and Quinn Collins, may appear different on the surface but have a lot of parallels in their lives that are revealed throughout the novel. In this activity, students will create a Venn Diagram that compares and contrasts two characters from the novel. Students may choose the characters of Rashad and Quinn or they may choose two different characters, for example, Paul Galluzzo and David Butler, English Jones and Guzzo, etc. They should make sure to add images and words to represent the characters, their experiences, personalities, and interests.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a Venn Diagram comparing two characters from the book All American Boys.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the characters from All American Boys you wish to compare and contrast and find Storyboard That characters that look like them.
  3. Write a list of their characteristics and experiences for each character.If there are similarities, put them in the center overlapping oval.
  4. Add attributes (images that represent a characters interests).
  5. Write a description of each of the examples.
  6. Save and exit when you're done.


  1. Characters: Images of people to represent your characters.
  2. Attributes: images of items, scenes to represent their characteristics or experiences.
  3. Names of the characters and words to describe each person.
  4. Make sure their similarities are in the center oval and their differences are on either side.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RH/9-10/3] Analyze in detail a series of events described in a text; determine whether earlier events caused later ones or simply preceded them.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/1] Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/7] Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • [ELA-LITERACY/CCRA/R/9] Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


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Character Comparison
Using a Venn diagram of two or three ovals, compare and contrast the different characters in the book.
33 Points
25 Points
17 Points
Compare and Contrast
Text includes a clear explanation of similarities and differences between the characters. These comparisons go beyond superficial elements and show strong understanding.
Text includes an explanation of similarities and differences between the characters, but the explanation may lack clarity or show only superficial understanding.
Text may include no explanation of similarities and differences between the characters, or they may make only superficial or inaccurate comparisons.
Storyboard Design
Student clearly shows effort, time and care to include appropriate StoryboardThat characters for each book character and uses items, animals or scenes in their design to describe their characters attributes.
Depictions of characters and their attributes are mostly accurate to the story but may have some discrepancies. The depictions show minimal effort, time, and care.
Many depictions of characters and their attributes are inaccurate or they are missing. There was very little time or effort put into the depictions.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes a minor error in spelling and grammar.
Student makes several minor errors in spelling and grammar.

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