Venn diagram

This strategy will help students to:

  • represent information and thinking in a graphic organiser 

  • determine similarities and differences between concepts or ideas.


  1. A Venn diagram is a graphic organiser that can be used to group and separate concepts and ideas.

  2. After receiving or collecting information about objects or ideas, ask students how things are the same and how are they different. 

  3. Students list the similarities in the overlapping parts of the circles and the differences in the areas that do not overlap. 

  4. This information can then be used by students to help make generalisations about an object or decision about an idea.

Example: Males and females

As a whole class, students complete two separate brainstorms about males and females. The brainstorm can include information about appearance as well as characteristics and behaviours.

All similarities between the two genders are circled on the brainstorm sheets.

Students then work individually to organise the information into a Venn diagram. Invite students to add additional ideas to the Venn diagram if necessary.

Discuss stereotypes by emphasising that not all males/females demonstrate the same behaviour and personality traits.