Treeing is a prewriting strategy used by writers for essays and research papers. It’s a heuristic srategy meaning that it is part of the learning and discovery process writers use to plan their papers.

The Tree

This is a tree for a three point essay. The first square represents the thesis statement or main idea of the paper.

The second row of squares contain the three most important points you wish to include in the paper. Just as the first squares represents the opening paragraph of the paper, the second row of squares represents the three main points you wish to cover in the body of the paper. In many cases, these paragraphs two, three, and four.

The third row of squares contain supporting facts and details for the three main points of the paper.

The bottom square is the conclusion. This is where you briefly restate your thesis and major points.

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