For our project about Flowers for Algernon, I could easily just create a simple graphic organizer on paper with pencil, and draw some manga to make it look pretty. However, in order to incorporate all aspects of this compelling story, I have decided to create many different graphic organizers, and  compare them.
A brief summary of Flowers for Algernon:
Charlie Gordon was a mentally impared adult with a low IQ (Intelligence Quotient) of 68. He was recommended by his Night School teacher, Miss Kinnian, to be used for an experimental surgery to improve his intelligence because of his eagerness to learn, and his motivation. Charlie worked at Donner’s Bakery in New York City as a janitor. The other employees often made fun of him, but he was unable to comprehend their mocking, and so he believed that his coworkers were really nice, and were good friends. 

After Charlie is nominated, he takes a lot of tests, including racing against Algernon in a maze. Algernon is a mouse who has already performed the surgery. Charlie then undergoes the operation. Initially, there is little improvement in Charlie. Charlie begins to read adult books. He invents a process designed to improve productivity. As Charlie becomes more intelligent, he also realizes that he is deeply attracted to his teacher, Miss Kinnian. Because Charlie has become so intelligent, he is allowed to do his own research, so he returns to the lab. 

Algernon’s intelligence begins to slip, and his behavior becomes erratic. Charlie worries that whatever happens to Algernon will soon happen to him as well. Algernon eventually dies. 

Charlie finds an error in Nemur’s hypothesis, scientifically proving that a flaw in the operation will cause his intelligence to vanish as quickly as it has come. Charlie calls this phenomenon the “Algernon-Gordon Effect.” Charlie passes through a stage of average intelligence on his way back to retardation. When Charlie’s regression is complete, he briefly returns to his old job at the bakery, where his coworkers welcome him back with kindness.

Charlie forgets that he is no longer enrolled in Alice’s night-school class for retarded adults, and he upsets her by showing up. In fact, Charlie has forgotten their entire romantic relationship. Charlie hates having people pity him, so he decides to go away. His last request is for the reader of his manuscript to leave fresh flowers on Algernon’s grave.