Gist Activity is a great strategy to engage students. It is a part of SIOP strategies and Total Participation Activities. I created this for Metamorphois. You can change the name of the text and assign paragraphs. There is a PPt available that explains what it is, gives directions and has a teacher model. The worksheet has 2 pages - 1 for individual reading in a group and second page is a group activity combining 4 gist statements and making a group statement based on the 4 created by individual students.