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Bah Humbug

Nicole Briggle


After listening to Charles Dickens' [A Christmas Carol] and Dr. Seuss' [How the Grinch stole Christmas], students create a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two main characters.


The student knows the similarities and differences of characters presented within and across fourth grade or higher level selections.


-Book: Dickens, Charles. [A Christmas Carol]. New York: DK Publishing, 1997.
-Book: Seuss, Dr. [How the Grinch stole Christmas]. New York: Random House, 1957.
-One piece of construction paper per student
-Markers or crayons
-Teacher Checklist (See Associated File)
-Photocopied pictures of Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch
-Chart paper


1. Collect materials listed above.
2. Make a copy of the Teacher Checklist. (See Associated File)


1. At the beginning of the lesson, hold up the pictures of Ebenezer Scrooge and The Grinch. Ask the students if they know who these characters are.

2. Brainstorm, as a class, adjectives that describe how each of these characters look and create a Venn diagram to model how to record information on the diagram. Appropriate adjectives may be old vs. young, white vs. green, etc.

3. Next read the two Christmas books and tell the students to listen to see if they can pick out the similarities and differences while you read the stories.

4. Explain to the students that they will now get into pairs and create a Venn diagram on a piece of construction paper to show 3 more similarities and 3 differences of the characters. Refer students back to the diagram created earlier.

5. Allow the students to meet and create.

6. Encourage the students to come up with at least 3 similarities and 3 differences about the characters.

7. Reconvene into a whole-group setting and have students share their Venn diagrams with classmates. Then have students turn in their Venn diagrams.


A checklist (See Associated File) is used to formatively assess student knowledge of similiarities and differences of characters. The teacher provides formative feedback to students as they are creating their Venn diagrams.


An extension for this lesson plan would be for the students to use the information they recorded on their Venn diagrams about the similiarities and differences of the characters to write a four-paragraph essay comparing the two characters.

Attached Files

This file contains the Teacher Checklist for Venn Diagrams.     File Extension: pdf

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