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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.

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