How to Create a Spider Diagram

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How to Create a Spider Diagram
Create a spider diagram to organise thoughts and ideas for any writing assignment. (education image by Anatoly Tiplyashin from

Creating a spider diagram is a simple way to organise thoughts or ideas for work or school writing assignments. It's called a spider diagram because of the way thoughts are organised and spread out over a piece of paper, making a diagram in the shape of a spider or spider web, depending on the number of ideas or topics to be discussed in each writing assignment.

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Write down the main idea for your writing assignment in the middle of the paper.

  2. 2

    Draw a circle around the main idea.

  3. 3

    Use a ruler to draw four lines from the middle circle, two on each side or two on the top and bottom, it doesn't matter.

  4. 4

    Write down four topics that will be discussed in your writing assignment. Write down one topic next to each straight line and draw a circle around these as well. These topics can be a couple of words long or a couple of sentences long, depending on the complexity of the writing assignment. Add more lines if the writing assignment is more complex and more topics need to be discussed.

  5. 5

    Draw a line from each topic.

  6. 6

    Write down sub-ideas or subtopics next to each line drawn in the previous step. You can add as many subtopics needed for your paper. Draw a circle around the subtopics. Now look at the spider or spider web you have created.

Tips and warnings

  • The diagram doesn't have to look like a perfect spider or spider web; what matters is organising your thoughts into a way you can understand them and include them in your writing assignment.

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