Double Bubble Map: The Ultimate Venn Diagram
The Perfect Tool to Compare and Contrast

What does a double bubble map look like?

The double bubble map consists of two individual bubble maps (left and right) connected with central bubbles listing similar characteristics. The different characteristics are listed on the outside of the central bubbles.

Double Bubble Map diagram

How does a double bubble map work?

A double bubble map compares the similarities and differences between two chosen subjects. To complete a double bubble map, students must dictate two subjects to compare and then write down similar characteristics in the space between these two subject bubbles. On the outside of each subject bubble, students write down all the information that strictly applies to the corresponding subject (the points of difference) - making sure to write this information next to the subject bubble it is referring to (i.e. characteristics unique to Subject 1 sit on the outside of the Subject 1 bubble and vice versa).

You can also apply 'filters' to limit the scope of the double bubble map and ensure students are on the right track with their research. These filters must align with the relevant syllabus document. For example, when comparing two paintings from different cultures in Yr.7 and 8 Visual Arts, students are required to compare:

  • the intentions of the artists
  • use of visual conventions
  • how the works represent the concepts of Place/Country.

The map can be completed individually or in groups.

Double bubble map vs Venn diagram

The Venn diagram and double bubble map are used to compare two items under consideration. Although they are quite similar, the double bubble map encourages more in-depth investigation. The double bubble map allows more writing space and therefore permits students to expand on their points. The double bubble map also uses 'filters' to focus students research rather than the broad approach of the Venn diagram.

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