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Middle School: GIST Summarizing Strategy



GIST Template


Name _________________________________________________________

Article Title ______________________________________________________

Article Source ____________________________________________________

1. Skim the title and headings. Read the article.

2. Fill out the 5Ws and H.                                                 








3. Write a short summary.


Informational Texts Strategies

Created using Visme. The Free Online Presentation Tool.

To skim, read:

  • title
  • headings
  • lead and ending
  • first sentence of each paragraph
  • images and captions

To find the main idea:

  • Find the most important word or phrase.
  • What is the text saying about that word or phrase?

To scan:

  • Know what information you need.
  • Make a list of related keywords.
  • Look or CTRL+F for those keywords. Headings help!
  • Read the sections where those words are found

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