Text Impressions, originally called Story Impressions (McGinley and Denner 1987), can be used with both narrative and informational texts. The teacher chooses key words or phrases (10 - 15, depending on grade level) about a topic or concept students are about to study. Students use the words or phrases in a paragraph that will reflect their understanding of the topic. The teacher can use the Text Impressions piece as a formative assessment.
Websites on Text Impressions:
Story Impressions: Before Reading Strategy
Reading Rockets: Building World Knowledge
Learning Point Associates: Story Impressions