GIST Strategy

The word gist is defined as "the main or essential part of a matter."  The GIST strategy (Cunningham, 1982) helps students read expository text and get the main idea.  Students must then convey the gist of what they read in 20 words.  The strategy is can be used with narrative text if students are asked to summariz after each chapter.

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Websites on GIST:

GIST: A Summarizing Strategy for Use in Any Content Area

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GIST Lesson Plan for Math Class - PDF

GIST: Establishing Comprehension

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Comprehension Strategies
Summarization Techniques
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