S.O.S: Get VENN-y With It!

Welcome to week 13 of our Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our new S.O.S series to provide help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Get VENN-y With It
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According to Marzano, one high yield instructional strategy is helping students identify similarities and differences. In Harvey Silver’s book Compare and Contrast, this strategy “strengthens  students’ memories by focusing their thinking on analyzing pairs of ideas, enhances their ability to remember key content and improves comprehension by highlighting important details, making abstract ideas more concrete, and reduces the confusion between related concepts.”  By using digital resources, you are able to help level the playing field for students who may not have had real life experiences to base their reasoning.


  • Display the following images side-by-side
  • Attendees compare/contrast images using Venn Diagram. They must cite evidence (CC shift) to support their observations.
    • “I think it’s a farm because I see a barn and a horse.”
    • “I think the picture on the left is gloomy because there is a gray cloud in the upper left hand side of the image.”
  • Utilize the following guiding questions
    • What are the differences in lighting in the two pictures?
    • How does the difference in lighting affect how you see the picture?
    • How does the inclusion of houses in the picture on the left make you see the picture differently?
    • What was the author of each picture trying to capture in their winter scene?


  • Select two images and download the large versions.
  • Display them side by side and have students compare, stating evidence to support their statements, utilizing a VENN Diagram
  • Use guiding questions to allow students to dive deeper into the images themselves and their reasoning to support their responsesYou can take the challenge by:
    • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
    • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
    • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

    So see other strategies in this series click here.  For a link to all the PDFs in this series click here.



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