What is GISTing?
GISTing is a strategy to help students paraphrase and summarize
information. Students are required to limit the gist of a paragraph to a set
number of words. Individual sentences from a paragraph are presented one at a
time while students create a gist that must contain only the set number of
GISTing is a summarizing technique, allowing students to summarize
ideas with supporting details.
Passages from 2 to 4 paragraphs works best.
When complete passages can be summarized or GISTed. (Example: 250
words would be summarized into 20 words).
This strategy promotes comprehension of the material – allowing
students to highlight key words and use their own language.
Students have 20 lines to summarize the information read. One word
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