I created this for a quick comprehension check of students reading. I love to use this with informational texts. Often I will pull five or six headline articles from "Google News" or "MSNBC news." I'll let the students choose an article that catches their attention, they read it and then complete the first "gist" paragraph. Then I let them pair with a couple other students in the class. They share their articles and write a gist from their classmates gists. This way they leave my class informed on several current events. They love it!