Paragraph Shrinking (Getting the Gist")
1. Name the who or what the paragraph is about in a brief phase
(The main person,animal, or thing)
2. Tell the most important thing about the who or what.(2 or 3 details about the topic)
3. "Shrink"the paragraph by stating or writing the main idea in 10 words or less.
(Optional: Record your main idea sentence.)
Many students struggle with understanding what they read and this strategy can help clarify their understanding.