Humanities › English Venn Diagrams to Plan Essays and More Share Flipboard Email Print An Introduction to Essay Writing Introduction Choosing a Topic 400 Writing Topics 50 Argumentative Essay Topics 100 Persuasive Essay Topics Writing an Introduction How to Begin an Essay Writing a Great First Paragraph Strong Thesis Statements Attention-Grabbing Opening Sentences Check Your Knowledge: How to Support a Topic Sentence Structuring and Outlining How to Write a 5-Paragraph Essay Create an Outline Using a Venn Diagram Use Text Boxes to Outline and Organize Check Your Knowledge: Create a Simple Outline Types of Essays How to Write a Narrative Essay How to Write an Argumentative Essay How to Write an Expository Essay How to Write a Personal Narrative How to Write an Opinion Essay How to Write a Profile Editing and Improving Making Paragraphs Flow With Smooth Transitions Replace These Overused, Tired Words An Essay Revision Checklist By Grace Fleming Education Expert M.Ed., Education Administration, University of Georgia B.A., History, Armstrong State University Grace Fleming, M.Ed., is a senior academic advisor at Georgia Southern University, where she helps students improve their academic performance and develop good study skills. our editorial process Grace Fleming Updated June 14, 2018 A Venn diagram is a great tool for brainstorming and creating a comparison between two or more objects, events, or people. You can use this as a first step to creating an outline for a compare and contrast essay. Simply draw two (or three) large circles and give each circle a title, reflecting each object, trait, or person you are comparing. Inside the intersection of the two circles (overlapping area), write all the traits that the objects have in common. You will refer to these traits when you compare similar characteristics. In the areas outside the overlapping section, you will write all of the traits that are specific to that particular object or person. 01 of 02 Creating an Outline for Your Essay Using a Venn Diagram From the Venn diagram above, you can create an easy outline for your paper. Here is the beginning of an essay outline: 1. Both dogs and cats make great pets. Both animals can be very entertainingEach is loving in its own wayEach can live inside or outside the house 2. Both have drawbacks, as well. They shedThey can damage propertyBoth can be costlyBoth require time and attention 3. Cats can be easier to care for. Cat boxLeaving for a day 4. Dogs can be better companions. Going to the parkGoing for walksWill enjoy my company As you can see, outlining is much easier when you have a visual aid to help you with the brainstorming process. 02 of 02 More Uses for Venn Diagrams Besides its usefulness for planning essays, Venn Diagrams can be used for thinking through many other problems both at school and at home. For example: Planning a Budget: Create three circles for What I Want, What I Need, and What I Can Afford.Setting Priorities: Create circles for different types of priorities: School, Chores, Friends, TV, along with a circle for What I Have Time for This Week.Choosing Activities: Create circles for different types of activities: What I'm Committed to, What I'd Like to Try, and What I Have Time for Each Week.Comparing People's Qualities: Create circles for the different qualities you're comparing (ethical, friendly, good looking, wealthy, etc.), and then add names to each circle. Which overlap?