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About the Practice
GET THE GIST is a reading comprehension practice to help students identify and write brief main idea statements about sections of text.
Students are taught to stop at predetermined points while reading and use a 3-step process to write their gist (main idea):
Step 1) “Who” or “what” is this section about?
Step 2) What is the most important information about the “who” or “what?”
Step 3) Write a gist (main idea) statement that combines the information from steps 1 and 2. (The gist should be in the students’ own words, rather than a sentence copied from the text.)
Teaching students to Get the Gist is important for several reasons:
**It encourages students to monitor their comprehension while reading.
**It helps students integrate important information across sections of text.
**It helps students remember the most important information when they read.
Professional Development Resources
PD Video using English/Language Arts Content (Middle School Matters)
PD Video using Social Studies Content (Middle School Matters)
Get the Gist Routine in Grades 6, 7, and 8 (Texas Adolescent Literacy Academy)
Lesson Plan Template (Middle School Matters)–COMING SOON
Get the Gist Log for Students (Middle School Matters)
Get the Gist Cue Card for Students (Middle School Matters)
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