The GIST (Generating Interactions between Schemata and Text) is a strategy that can be used across content areas in a variety of ways. I've used it primarily as a summary strategy. I find that students have a hard time summarizing their reading of non-fiction text. I've mainly used the GIST as a "before reading" strategy to build students' background knowledge of a time period or issue related to lead into a unit of study.

Here is a link to my literacy strategies blog where I explain how I've used this strategy in the past. If you click on links within the post, you'll see some actual student samples related to the GIST.

Not an English teacher? Here's a link to a video that explains how to use the GIST strategy in a mathematics classroom.

Teach younger students? Here's a link to a video and some handouts explaining how you can use the GIST strategy at the elementary level.

A student uses the GIST to summarize a chapter in the nonfiction text The Harvest Gypsies by John Steinbeck.
A student uses the GIST to summarize a chapter in the nonfiction text The Harvest Gypsies by John Steinbeck.

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Paragraphs written about current issues facing the citizens of Sierra Leone in preparation for Ishmael Beah's A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier.