I think that the most important question is whether it works for your students (and you too!) not whether there is only one right way to do things. Often in teaching I feel that we are arguing with each other over topics that really have no one right answer. We all have different teaching styles and we need to find what works for us. With anchor charts, I think the most important thing is that they have relevant information and that you teach your students to use them. In the classrooms I have observed I see students using "organic" charts and "pretty" charts alike. I personally have such terrible handwriting when I am making organic charts that they would not be useful to students in the long run if I hung them "as is" so I copy them over. I teach my students to use them and they do. I add graphics of book characters from books we have read because I find it catches my students' attention (and admittedly I like to draw). I don't think it is necessary for everyone to do that though nor do I think it is wrong that I do it.
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