The two main characters, Castle "Ghost" Cranshaw and his mentor Coach Otis Brody, 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. Students may choose the characters of Ghost and Coach, or they may choose two different characters like Lu and Ghost or Patty and Sunny, etc. Students will add images and words to represent the characters, their experiences, personalities and interests.
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Objective: Create a Venn Diagram comparing two characters from the book Ghost.
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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.
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.
Have a full class discussion to ensure that students understand the concept of similarities and differences. Use simple concepts to teach this, such a fruits, or potato chips, to make the discussion both fun and easy to understand.
Once students understand the concept of similarities and differences, show them the Venn Diagram and instruct them how to use it. The similarities go in the middle, while the differences go on the outside of the circles.
Help students fill in the diagram, using bullet points, either about the example, or about two characters or situations in the story you are reading. Often, the number of differences will be greater than the similarities, so they will really have to push to find them.
A Venn Diagram is the perfect tool to compare and contrast two different things. It is created by two intersecting circles. The similarities between the two elements are listed in the middle, while the differences go on the outside of the circles.
When students compare characters, they look for what the characters have in common. This is helpful because they can better understand the characters' actions and interactions if they know how they are alike.
Contrasting characters means that students are looking for the differences in characters. This is important because knowing characters are different will help students understand motives and movements in the story.