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Paraphrasing is such a hard skill to master – and so very important! Paraphrasing is essential for many kinds of writing. Kids who don’t learn to paraphrase well will not only grow into poor writers, but may even resort to plagiarism, which is not at all a good thing. Here is a step by step plan for teaching paraphrasing to your students.
- Reword – replace words and phrases with synonyms whenever you can.
- Rearrange – rearrange words within sentences to make new sentences. You can even rearrange the ideas presented within the paragraph.
- Realize that some words and phrases cannot be changed – names, dates, titles etc. cannot be replaced, but you can present them differently in your paraphrase.
- Recheck – make sure that your paraphrase conveys the same meaning as the original text.
At just 8.5 square miles, thePacific island country of Nauru is one ofthe smallest countries in the world. Theisland was once rich in phosphate, butmost of the resource has been minedleaving damage to the environmentbehind. Nauru has a population of about10,000 people.
Nauru is a Pacific island country that is only 8.5square miles in area. It is one of the smallestcountries on the planet and only about 10,000 peoplelive there. Nauru has mined its once plentifulsupplies of phosphate. This has damaged theenvironment on the island.
- Paraphrasing from notes you have taken from the original text rather than from the text itself.
- Including quotes in your paraphrased writings.
- Paraphrasing some parts and summarizing other parts.
- Paraphrasing, summarizing, and including quotes all in one piece.
- Using more than one source to paraphrase, summarize, and include quotes (throw in a bibliography and what do you know, you’ve written an actual report
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