One or more copies of Sitti's Secrets by Naomi Shihab Nye (Aladdin, 1997)

Venn Diagram Graphic Organizer

Venn Diagram, 2 Circles
This interactive tool allows students to create Venn Diagrams that contain two overlapping circles, enabling them to organize their information logically.


Have students use either the print or online Venn diagram to compare their own lives and culture to that in Sitti's Secrets. Items for comparison include but are not limited to language, food, dress, games, and household chores.

You may have students work in heterogeneous groups of three to five for this activity; however, guide them when necessary as they complete their work. Remind them to refer to the items listed on the chart paper or board from Lesson 1.


Conclude this activity by having students create a poster that illustrates the comparisons between their families 'and Monas family. Discuss with them what they might want to show on their posters, for example activities they do with their grandmothers, how they play with their relatives, if they cook or bake with an adult. Display the posters in an appropriate area.

Note: The posters are a creative activity with no formal assessment.