Literacy Training Spring 2021




Get the Gist Strategy

What: Get the Gist is a part of the multi-component intervention Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), developed by Klingner and colleagues (1998). The CALI Reads training module focuses on the Get the Gist strategy within CSR. The Get the Gist Strategy teaches students a systematic process for creating a Gist statement for a text (or sections of a text) using the following 3 steps:

  1. Name the who or the what.
  2. Tell the most important thing about the who or what.
  3. Say it in about 10 words.

Why: The Get the Gist strategy teaches students to monitor their comprehension during reading by thinking about the text’s main focus and supporting details, which supports students’ overall reading comprehension and content area learning. The research base of CSR demonstrates strong reading comprehension effects across different adolescent populations: students with learning disabilities, limited English proficient students, average and high achieving students (Klingner & Vaughn, 1999).


E-Learning Module *Free

Each CALI Reads E-learning module contains several courses and all together takes ~2-3 hours to complete. Use the E-learning module to learn about an evidence-based practice you can use in the classroom to support adolescent literacy.

Get The Gist Overview
This course overviews Get The Gist strategy.

Get The Gist Implementation
This course demonstrates how to implement Get The Gist.



Training Webinar

Dr. Deborah Reed demonstrates how to support middle school reading comprehension by teaching students to Get the Gist during reading. Students use the Get the Gist strategy across a text (or sections of the text) to:

Participant Outcomes

  • Name the who or the what.
  • Tell the most important thing about the who or what.
  • Say it in about 10 words.

Get the Gist Wednesday Webinar Handout PDF



Get the Gist Walkthrough Tool


Get the Gist Walkthrough Tool




Boardman, A. G., Klingner, J. K., Buckley, P., Annamma, S., & Lasser, C. J. (2015). The efficacy of Collaborative Strategic Reading in middle school science and social studies classes. Reading and Writing, 28(9), 1257-1283.

The IRIS Center. (2008). CSR: A reading comprehension strategy. Retrieved from

Klinger, J., Vaughn, S., Boardman, A., Swanson, E. (2012). Now we get it! Jossey-Bass.

Klingner, J. K., & Vaughn, S. (1998). Using collaborative strategic reading. Teaching exceptional children, 30(6), 32-37.

Klingner J. & Vaughn S. (1999). Promoting reading comprehension, content learning, and English acquisition through collaborative strategic reading (CSR). The Reading Teacher, 52. No. 7

Klingner, J. K., Vaughn, S., & Boardman, A. G. (2015). Teaching reading comprehension to students with learning difficulties, 2/E. Guilford Publications.

Vaughn, S., & Kettman Klingner, J. (1999). Teaching reading comprehension through collaborative strategic reading. Intervention in school and clinic, 34(5), 284-292.



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Last updated: 06/07/2021