Construct A Diagram Tree

Line diagrams are the tree stems.

Diagram trees are useful for organizing data in a variety of disciplines. It’s important to organize data in a logical format for memory recall purposes. Tree diagrams allow learners to organize their information in a logical sequence that’s easy to complete. Construct a diagram tree with easy-to-follow lines and instructions. Students will appreciate the simplicity and ease with which they can follow thoughts and concepts any time they see the tree.


1. Draw the tree stems on your paper with a ruler or straight edge and pencil. Be sure to leave space at the bottom of each tree for the title and any other specific information that will tell you later what the tree diagram is about.

2. Draw branches at a 90-degree angle from the tree stem. You may have as many branches as you like, but generally the branches stand for major ideas that divide the topic into sub-topics. For example, in your language arts diagram tree, the stem might be labeled “Animal Farm,” and the branches might each be for a major character from the novel.

3. Draw leaves from the branches at 35-degree angles. These leaves should have just a few words on them to clarify the information on the branches they stem from. Be sure to leave room for three to four leaves to come from each branch.

4. Add more trees as you see fit. The main idea for each tree should be the stem; the sub-headings are the branches and details are the leaves. Tree diagrams work best for topics that have many details one might need to remember. Make a tree diagram to enhance your memory recall and organization skills.

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