Graphic Organizers help students to visually and/or tangibly see a concept or idea represented. If students can see a concept represented, rather than simply listening to a lecture about it, they are more able to see relationships to other ideas and make connections to prior knowledge. Additionally, having students fill out graphic organizers gives them the vocabulary necessary to describe a certain concept. In the case of the graphic organizer for The Great Gatsby, it allows students to develop descriptive vocabulary as they think about the characters in the novel.
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