Get the Gist

Get the Gist is a reading strategy to help students identify and clearly state the main idea of a paragraph. Get the Gist is used DURING reading. Throughout a passage, students stop and write a "gist statement" for selected paragraphs. The strategy is one of four comprehension strategies included in Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR).

Field Guide Alignment: Reading and Reading Interventions, Principle 4, Practice 2


Learn about the strategy

Online PD module

Developed by CSR Colorado 

Online PD module

Developed by IRIS Center

Professional development guide (page 25)
Developed by Texas Center of Reading and Language Arts

Developed by Building RTI


See the strategy in action

Classroom implementing the strategy
Developed by CSR Colorado

Teacher demonstration

Developed by Building RTI


Use the strategy

Student materials

Developed by CSR Colorado

Strategy intro lesson and practice materials
Developed by CSR Colorado

Sample lesson

Developed by MCPER

Sample materials

Developed by Syracuse City Schools

Toolkit Navigation