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Activity Overview

The main characters in One Crazy Summer are Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern. They share the bond of sisterhood but carry unique perspectives and display very different personalities that are revealed throughout the novel. A Venn diagram is a useful tool to compare and contrast characters. In this activity, students will compare and contrast at least 2 characters from the novel using a Venn diagram.

This example compares and contrasts Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern. Other characters students could compare are Delphine and Nzila, Big Ma and Nzila, Sister Mukumbu and Crazy Kelvin, etc. Students could also compare the difference between the Black Panthers' portrayal in the media vs. the Black Panthers that Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern come to know.

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a Venn diagram comparing two or three characters from the book, One Crazy Summer.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify the characters from One Crazy Summer 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 character's 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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