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Writing to Argue

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Step 2: The “Caterpillar” Plan

The GMAPS plan is very useful for outlining the format but it does not help

you to plan the content. The “caterpillar” plan is what you should use to help

you plan the content which is what will be the basis of your argument. Your

argument should be balanced and this plan will always help you remember

to make balanced points.


a) In the centre boxes (the body of the caterpillar) you write the points you will

make in your argument.


b) The caterpillars legs then make up the two sides of the argument, this will

help you remember to present both sides of the argument and so keep it



c) You should aim to have 3-4 good strong points to make a strong argument. 

The GMAPS plan should take 1-2 minutes to prepare leaving you 7-8 minutes

to work on your Caterpillar Plan. You should take more time on this plan

and think carefully as this is the body of your argument. 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 Caterpillar plan and then part of an


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