Activity Overview

The main characters in each story have many parallels and are interconnected even through different times and places. In this activity, students will create a Venn diagram that compares and contrasts three characters. Students will add images and words to represent the characters, their experiences, personalities and interests. Using the outer portions of the ovals, they can identify traits, experiences and attributes that are singular to the character and in the overlapping portions, they can list the ways in which the characters are the same. To scaffold, teachers may ask students to focus on only two characters, and the Venn diagram can be adjusted accordingly.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a Venn Diagram comparing the characters from the book.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the characters you wish to compare and contrast and find StoryboardThat 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 ovals.
  4. Add attributes (images that represent a characters interests).
  5. Write a description of each of the examples.


  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.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

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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