Alike? Different?

After reading the following books and seeing their representative images, think about the themes and create a Venn diagram (use Creately or another online digital tool) to provide similarities and differences.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

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Some common themes used in literature include:

Love, Marriage, Family

Wealth, Poverty, Society & Class

Religion & Morality


Coming of Age

Visions, Hopes & Dreams

Historical Connections

Think about what you find thematically different or alike in these two stories.

To contribute to this sample Venn diagram at Creately, click on this link!