Educational theory states that knowledge is stored in two forms—one using words, and one using imagery. That means that when it is possible to use a graphic to help organize information, or to show relationships among ideas, the learning is increased. One type of graphic organizer often used to show the similarities and differences between two things is a Venn diagram. It consists of two circles that represent two things, which are allowed to overlap. The unique qualities of each thing are written in the parts of the circle that don’t overlap (thus showing the differences), and the similarities are written in the parts of the two circles that do overlap.
For this lesson, you might have students create a Venn diagram to compare the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Babylon, or God and Nebuchadnezzar, or this story and the story of Daniel in the lions’ den, etc.