Find the Gist: A Textbook Study Strategy
Let's face it: plowing through textbooks is no easy task, especially if you're not sure exactly what you're looking for. Finding the gist of sections of textbooks, stories in magazines, newspaper articles, and other nonfiction reading material, is an important skill. Not only does it help a reader understand and synthesize what she's reading, but it helps for studying later on, and saves time, too.
Want to help your child learn to find the gist? Here's an activity to help your child manage her nonfiction reading by focusing on the most important elements.