June 6, 2009

Compare and Contrast

A couple of ways we describe a relationship between two things or ideas is to compare and contrast and to demonstrate cause and effect.

In this week's lesson we asked the students to compare different perspectives on the story to see how we see things differently. One way to visually demonstrate this is by using a Venn diagram. Draw two large circles beside each other but intersect in the middle, leaving three spaces (left of the first circle, right of the second circle, and the center where the two circles cross). Invite students to compare Gospel stories noting the details that are unique in the outside circles and that which is common in both on the inside where the circles overlap. What does this do? This activity strengthens their capacity to see details as well as the big picture.