Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

Cluster Diagram



Purpose Strategy/Approach


Using a cluster diagram to improve vocabulary comprehension and content knowledge about a particular concept by connecting the particular concept with more specific topics or ideas about the particular concept visually

Create cluster diagram by writing down the concept within a circle in the center of a piece of paper, drawing lines branching out to circles identifying more specific topics or ideas about the particular concept, and then if needed drawing lines from the latter circles to circles providing more details.


Rationale of Lesson


Comprehending this topic is fundamental to understanding the makeup of dramas and ultimately how plays are created. The six elements composing a play combine to create a story through dramatic effect. Being able to deconstruct a play will enable the reader to comprehend the deeper meaning behind symbols in the play.


Acknowledgment of Content Expert and Consultants


Pam Mayette and Dr. Mary Ellen Beatty-O’Ferrall

Lesson Plan

Cluster Diagram Step-by-Step Instructions


Materials Needed 


Cluster diagram (3 versions), blank cluster diagram (2 versions), cluster diagram main points, cluster diagram missing details, overhead projector, computer with projector, and pens/pencils





References and Web Resources


Cluster Diagram References and Web Resources