Science 8 – Students were introduced to the GIST summary literacy tool today. The idea is that for each paragraph or section of text, the student summarizes the main ideas using exactly 20 words. This helps the students focus on what is really important, as well as requiring them to find out what each new word means. The need to summarize forces the students to not guess at the definition of new words. Grammar gets a little wonky, but that’s totally ok. The importance is in comprehension, not in the re-writing.