If you're teaching the comprehension strategies of Questioning, Clarifying, Summarizing and Predicting in the framework of Reciprocal Teaching, you need this form. I created it to quickly assess and see if my students were "getting it"...understanding the text at higher levels. This informal formative assessment can be used with any text (fiction or nonfiction) or portion of text. I would print articles from Time for Kids or photocopy one page from a children's picture or chapter book to accompany this assessment. Use of this form in your instructional practices is a great opportunity to provide feedback to students so they know what to do to improve their comprehension learning. This sheet can also be used as teaching tool prior to the assessment.
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Hi! Sorry for the delay in answering this question....GIST is not an acronym just a turn used when talking about main idea...you'll hear people use the term in conversation when speaking about "getting the gist of the story, or what not" or "you get the gist" -- GIST or gist statements are a main idea reading skill found on websites like Read.Write.Think. You can also give students a 20 word limit before giving them a 10 word limit. Regardless, this strategy practice activity forces students to choose those 10 words very carefully using only 10 words to tell the most summarizing information.