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 persuasive text.
Your persuasive argument should be one-sided in favor of your particular
opinion, you do not need to present the opposite.
1. In the circles (the spider’s body) you write the point you are going to
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 persuasive
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 persuasive. 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.