Paraphrasing

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This interesting lesson introduces students to paraphrasing selections of text correctly. The students will also learn the difference between summarizing and paraphrasing. In addition, plagiarism is discussed and reasons are given why it’s wrong to plagiarize another person’s work. Due to technology, plagiarism today has become an issue in many schools at all grade levels. It is important for students to recognize the problems with plagiarism, and using paraphrasing can be an effective tool to combat the issue.

Paraphrasing Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Paraphrasing
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Paraphrasing
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

This interesting lesson introduces students to paraphrasing selections of text correctly. The students will also learn the difference between summarizing and paraphrasing. In addition, plagiarism is discussed and reasons are given why it’s wrong to plagiarize another person’s work. Due to technology, plagiarism today has become an issue in many schools at all grade levels. It is important for students to recognize the problems with plagiarism, and using paraphrasing can be an effective tool to combat the issue.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Prepare a short 2 or 3 sentence passage to whisper to one student in the class. Send the student into the hall with another student. The first student repeats the information to the other student in his or her own words then returns to the classroom. Send another student to receive the information again in the 2nd student’s own words. Repeat 3 or 4 times. The last student returns to the class and repeats the message in his or her own words.
  2. Read the original passage. Ask students if it is the same or if it is paraphrased. Ask students if they know the difference between paraphrasing, summarizing, and summarizing.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce paraphrasing.
  4. Distribute Paraphrasing content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity page. Read and carefully review the instructions. Group students in 3s or 4s. Distribute one passage to each group. Once the first step is completed, collect all original passages. The students will be “paraphrasing the paraphrased” passages.
  6. Once all steps have been completed, read aloud the original passages and then students will read the paraphrased versions. Do this until all passages have been read aloud along.

Common Core State Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.2
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.8
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.6.8

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1-2

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Language Arts