The gist of reading is thus a key contribution to the increasing sophistication of cognitive literary studies bolstering claims for the social affective and intellectual value of literary pedagogy and scholarship nancy easterlin college literature chapter 1 contents recommended. Get the gist is a reading strategy to help students identify and clearly state the main idea of a paragraph get the gist is used during reading get the gist is used during reading throughout a passage students stop and write a gist statement for selected paragraphs. Gist is a summarizing technique that can be used in any content area students will learn and apply the strategy while doing online research and writing activities on news stories mindful reading strategy training that facilitates transfer journal of adolescent adult literacy 456 498 512. Reading for gist is all about getting the ideas of the text by skimming it rapidly and ignoring the grammatical words another reading skill often mentioned alongside skimming is scanning scanning is our quest for more specific information such as numbers names or other easily identifiable data within a text. Gist was borrowed from the anglo french legal phrase cest action gist this action lies in the early 18th century and was originally used in legal contexts as a term referring to the foundation or grounds for a legal action without which that action would not be legally sustainable
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