Step 2: The “Spider” Plan
The GMAPS plan is very useful for outlining the format but it does not help
you to plan the content . The “spiders” plan is what you should use to help
you plan the content which is what will be the basis of your advisory text.
Your advisory text can contain multiple options but should push one point as
the more favorable by the conclusion.
1. In the circles (the spider’s body) you write the point you are going to make.
2. The spiders legs then make up the sub-points, sentence starters and
rhetorical devices you are going to use in each point.
3. You should aim to have 3-4 good strong points to make a strong advisory
The GMAPS plan should take 1-2 minutes to prepare leaving you 7-8 minutes
to work on your Spider Plan. You should take more time on this plan and
think carefully as this is the body of your text. Your points all need to be different
to each other. Here is an example to give you an idea. There is an example
GMAPS and an example Spider plan and then part of an answer.