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How do you summarize a text without copying it? Learn the ins, outs, and GIST of how to write a four-step summary using the GIST writing framework.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Apply the GIST techniques to texts from any subject, making the lesson an interdisciplinary activity
  • Have class members summarize events from their days in a nightly journal to practice the four steps
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires access to the Internet
  • Though the lesson is designed for secondary students, the techniques would work for upper elementary learners as well
Pros

  • Addresses plagiarism and simple ways to avoid it
  • Explicitly teaches pupils how to write an effective summary
Cons

  • None