I read the book Pilgrims of Plymouth this week and used a Venn Diagram to help students make comparisons between the Pilgrims then and us now. To save time, I typed up all of the ideas from the book in advance. I had students recall what we had read in the text and the information we discussed. As they named the different ideas, I pulled them from my pile and had them glue them where they went on the Venn. If anyone gave an idea that did not come from the text, then I referred them back to the text and we checked to see if it was there. I tried to keep our discussion text focused. Any ideas that they were unable to think of on their own, even with guided discussion, we did not use.
Then and Non Venn Words
Then and Now Venn Titles