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What's the GIST?

What's the GIST?

Author: Alveda Zahn
Description:

SMART Objective:

At the end of this lesson, students will be able to identify the main idea and supporting detail of a short passage to write a GIST summary that uses only the main idea and supporting details.

GIST is a short summary that gives the gist of a passage. Students will use the main idea and supporting details to write their GISTs. 

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Tutorial

Understanding the Main Idea

Watch the video to learn how to identify the main idea and supporting detail. Then, read your chosen article to fill out the GIST using your new knowledge!

Source: Created by Alveda M Zahn for Harper High School Reading in Language Arts

GIST Summary Worksheet

Using an article from a newspaper (specifically, the MASH magazine that is at our school) find the main idea and at least three supporting details. Complete the GIST Summary Worksheet.

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Source: Created by Alveda M Zahn for Harper High School Reading in Language Arts