Graphic Organizers and Struggling Readers

For years, no one ever explained to me the point of graphic organizers.  I remember, when I was a high school student, how I hated when my English teacher would force us to complete things like a “semantic web.”  I just wanted to start writing, but instead I’d be forced to put words inside circles, connecting them with lines.  I didn’t get it.  So when I became an English teacher, I refused to waste time on such activities.  I made the common mistake of universalizing my own experience, figuring my students would appreciate being spared the irritation I felt at their age.
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