Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

80 simple but incredibly effective recipes for teaching reading comprehension, writing, and composing using Moodle 1.9

 

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Moodle 1.9: The English Teacher's Cookbook

80 simple but incredibly effective recipes for teaching reading comprehension, writing, and composing using Moodle 1.9

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Creating a tree diagram using Microsoft Word

A tree diagram is used to compare two different situations, topics, persons, or ideas in the same category. As opposed to a Venn diagram, in a tree diagram there are no similarities, so we are going to try to deal with two different topics to explore as many differences as possible. We can work with vocabulary, adjectives, and linking devices. A suitable piece of writing in this case would be an essay or article expressing the different views. As regards the drawing of the tree diagram, it may be either horizontal or vertical, so we are going to carry out both of them. Let's get ready to work!

Getting ready

We are going to draw a tree diagram about two different cultures and create two links to websites so that students can finish the diagrams. In this case, we are going to design them using Microsoft Word, but you are free to choose any other editor. In this recipe, we will be dealing with two countries whose customs are totally different—Egypt and Greenland.

How to do it...

You will be designing the tree diagram in Microsoft Word and comparing several aspects of both countries. The students are to complete the information provided by the websites from where they are to take the information. Therefore, in the following activity we are going to design a reading comprehension activity, a prewriting activity, and a writing one. Open Microsoft Word and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Insert and choose SmartArt, then choose Hierarchy, and select Horizontal Hierarchy, as shown in the next screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

  2. Insert two diagrams, one for Egypt and another one for Greenland, as shown in the following screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

  3. Save the file.

How it works...

We are going to create a writing activity in our Moodle course, so select the Weekly outline section where you want to place it. We will design it through an Essay within a Quiz, so these are the steps that you have to follow:

  1. Click on Add an activity and select Advanced uploading of files.
  2. Complete the Assignment name block.
  3. Complete the Description block and create links to the two websites, one about Greenland and another one about Egypt.
  4. Insert a link for the tree diagram file.
  5. Click on Save and return to course.
  6. The activity appears as shown in the next screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

Pictures in a tree diagram—creating a tree diagram using creately.com

We are going to create a tree diagram using images instead of words. Students are free to combine the pictures in their future writing, though we have to be very careful in choosing the right pictures. In this case, we are going to use the following website: http://creately.com, which is an excellent resource from our wonderful Web 2.0.

Getting ready

We are going to enter the website that we have mentioned before and we are going to sign in. Afterwards, we are going to choose a template to work with. In this case, we can select Decision Tree 1 or Blank Diagram to create it ourselves. Here I have decided to work with the first mentioned template.

How to do it...

These are the steps that you have to follow in order to create the tree diagram with images using the http://creately.com website:

  1. Write a name for the document in the Document Name block.
  2. Choose the template that you want to work with, as shown in the next screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

  3. Click on Create document.
  4. Drag and drop the images on the left-hand side and complete the diagram with pictures.
  5. Save the diagram.

How it works...

After virtually drawing the diagram, we are going to get into our Moodle course and choose the Weekly outline section where we want to place the activity. In this case, we are going to create a Forum activity in which students can choose a title for this story, that is to say they are going to brainstorm using this diagram. These are the steps that you have to follow:

  1. Click on Add an activity and select Forum.
  2. Complete the Forum name and Forum introduction.
  3. Go back to the website of the tree diagram and click on Embed image, as shown in the next screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

  4. Click on Select and Copy, as shown in the next screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

  5. Go back to the Moodle course and click on the Toggle HTML Source icon and paste the embedding code. Then click on the same icon again.
  6. Click on Save and return to course.
  7. The activity appears as shown in the next screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

There's more...

You can also design a writing activity since the prewriting process was carried out by the Forum activity. Students brainstormed among themselves and gathered a lot of data in order to write a story.

Designing a writing activity out of the tree diagram

You can create an Upload a single file activity or an Offline one in which students write what they have discussed in the Forum. They may have written the story while discussing, but that is the first part of the process of writing. So the final draft is what you are going to design here.

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Completing a tree diagram comparing two people using my.lovelycharts.com

In this simple recipe our students are going to work with a very simple situation. They are going to compare themselves to one of their classmates. It would be a good idea to create a chat activity if some students add some comments on differences between these people. Let's get ready.

Getting ready

We are going to enter the http://www.lovelycharts.com/, website and we are going to sign in. Afterwards we are going to login and start working. In this website, we cannot choose a template with a decision tree or tree diagram, so we are going to create it using arrows.

How to do it...

After entering the website mentioned previously, we are going to create a tree diagram. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on Basic symbols on the left-hand side and drag and drop them in order to form a tree diagram.
  2. Double-click on them in order to write text inside the symbols.
  3. Click on File and select Save in order to save the diagram.
  4. Click on File and select Export and the following screenshot will appear:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

  5. Click on Continue.
  6. Save the file.

How it works...

We are going to create the activity in our Moodle course. In this case, we are going to create a Chat activity so that other classmates can describe differences that the classmates may not realize, due to the fact that third parties see things from a different point of view.

Select the Weekly outline section where you want to place the activity and these are the steps that you have to follow:

  1. Click on Add an activity and select Chat.
  2. Complete the Name of this chat room block.
  3. Complete the Introduction text block.
  4. Click on the Insert image icon, search for the image, and then upload it.
  5. Click on Save and return to course.
  6. The activity appears as shown in the next screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

There's more...

We can take advantage of the brainstorming work that students carry out through the chat activity, and we can create a writing activity. They have already gathered data about this topic in order to complete the prewriting step.

Creating a description activity out of the tree diagram

You can design a Journal or an Offline activity in which students can write the personal description of two students specifying the differences between them that they found out in the chat room. Some linking devices expressing contrast can be included in the title or the activity.

Comparing the Flintstones and the Simpsons—using cacoo.com to create a tree diagram

Which are the most famous cartoon families on TV? Yes, the title of the recipe has already answered this question! The Simpsons and the Flintstones—though they may have some similarities, in this case we are only going to focus on the differences. We are going to create a tree diagram to compare both of them, although not all students may know about the Flintstones. We may create a tree diagram with images to highlight the differences.

Getting ready

We are going to carry out this recipe using http://cacoo.com/, which is a website where you can create different types of diagrams, flowcharts, and mind maps. In this case, we are going to create a tree diagram focusing on the differences of these two great families. After that, students are going to write an article about them gathering the data used in this tree diagram.

How to do it...

First of all, you have to enter the previously mentioned website and follow the process that you carried out with the previous activities. You have to sign up and after that sign in. Then you can watch the tutorial on how to use the website, which is quite interesting. Then create the tree diagram by following these steps:

  1. Click on Create New Diagram.
  2. Draw the diagram and drag and drop the elements you need in order to create it, as shown in the next screenshot:

    (Move the mouse over the image to enlarge it.)

  3. Click on Save and complete the fields, as shown in the next screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

  4. You may check the Security box in order to Open diagram to public by URL, as shown in the previous screenshot. Then click on OK.
  5. After we click on OK the Save drop-down closes. You then click on the arrow on the top right hand margin next to the Save icon.
  6. Click on the Link icon and copy the embed code, as shown in the next screenshot:

    Moodle 1.9: Working with Tree Diagrams

How it works...

The first part of the activity is ready, that is to say the prewriting part. Now it is time to design the writing activity. Therefore, we will create the activity in our Moodle course and the students can complete the tree diagram in http://cacoo.com/. Afterwards, they will perform the writing activity using the data from the tree diagram. Choose the Weekly outline section where you want to add the activity and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Add an activity and select Offline activity within Assignments.
  2. Complete the Assignment name block.
  3. Complete the Description block.
  4. Click on the Toggle HTML Source icon and paste the embed code.
  5. Click on Save and return to course. The activity appears as shown in the following screenshot:

    (Move the mouse over the image to enlarge it.)

Summary

This article covered the designing of Tree diagrams in different ways and also how to upload or link them into the Moodle course.


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