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Activity Overview

Comparing characters is a great way for students to understand how different people are, and how different characters affect a story. Using a Venn diagram, students can identify similarities and differences between the main characters in the book. 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 or tailor this activity, teachers can provide students with characters to compare or have them select their own. They may also include key words to guide students in identifying different traits, experiences, etc. They may also choose to use a different template, such as a T Chart with three cells. Be sure to update student instructions 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 oval.
  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

Grade Level --- N/A ---

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

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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