The dull graphic organizers of the past are gone. I now see their value and use them often when reading novels with my students, and create ones that are specific to the text.
When I start reading a new book with my students, my goal is to help them fully understand the characters, the problem, the tensions, etc. When that information is pulled together in a graphic organizer, it helps the students to connect to the characters and draws them into the story.
Below are examples of graphic organizers that I use for the first chapters of several books. (my disclaimer: My artistic skills are challenged and the idea in my mind always looks better than what ends up in the paper.)
FIESTA FATAL Download HERE
Vida o muerte en el Cusco Download HERE
Robo en la noche (ch1-3) FInd the download HERE
Two additional graphic organizers I use are from Martina Bex found on the link below:
El nuevo Houdini - chapter 1 esquema
Esperanza - chapter 1 esquema
Information on many of the books listed above is used with permission by TPRS Publishing, Inc.