Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

Venn Diagram


Purpose of Strategy


Use Venn diagram to improve students’ ability to identify similarities and differences among three philosophies of Confucianism, Legalism, and Taoism so that the students will be able to explain the goals each philosophy attempted to achieve.


Rationale of Lesson


Students will examine the practices and beliefs of Confucianism, Legalism, and Taoism to define ‘philosophy’ and develop their understanding of the goals of Confucianism, Legalism, and Taoism in building institutions and shaping society.


Acknowledgment of Content Expert and Consultants


Katrina F. Webster and Dr. Lawrence J. Kimmel


  • time framework poster (at least one)
  • overhead projector or whiteboard
  • pencils and or pens
  • access to library and or Internet via computers
  • social studies binders

References and Web Resources


Venn Diagram References and Web Resources