MORE paraphrasing practice

MORE paraphrasing practice

Group Review

  1. Take out your "Paraphrase notes and practice." 
  2. Look at your desk group picture and meet your group members in the designated spot for your group.
  3. One person at a time will read his or her paraphrase practice. While reading, the other group members will LOOK at the original paragraph on the website and decide if there was any plagiarism, or if they got the main idea correct. 
  4. Listeners will then give helpful friendly feedback to the reader.
  5. The next person will read and follow the directions above.

Go back to your desk. 

NOW: Using the steps below (or the ones written on your note paper), paraphrase the following two paragraphs. Follow the steps carefully! Remember the friendly feedback that was given to you in your group to help you. Write your paragraphs on the same paper as your notes. If you need more room, staple another paper to your notes.

  1. Read the text as many times as necessary until you fully understand its meaning.
  2. Set the original aside, and write your paraphrase on a note card or paper.
  3. Go back and look at the original and compare it to your version.
  4. Make sure your version has the same overall meaning, but is written in a new form.
  5. If you have any phrases that are exactly the same, you can either change them to your own words, or make sure they are in quotation marks.
  6. Record the source (including page number) on your note card so that you can credit it easily if you decide to include the information into your research paper.

Practice #2: 

      Of the more than 1000 bicycling deaths each year, three-fourths are caused by head injuries. Half of those killed are school-age children. One study concluded that wearing a bike helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by 85 percent. In an accident, a bike helmet absorbs the shock and cushions the head. From "Bike Helmets: Unused Lifesavers," Consumer Reports (May 1990): 348.

Practice #3:

     While the Sears Tower is arguably the greatest achievement in skyscraper engineering so far, it's unlikely that architects and engineers have abandoned the quest for the world's tallest building. The question is: Just how high can a building go? Structural engineer William LeMessurier has designed a skyscraper nearly one-half mile high, twice as tall as the Sears Tower. And architect Robert Sobel claims that existing technology could produce a 500-story building. From Ron Bachman, "Reaching for the Sky." Dial (May 1990): 15.

Look back at your paraphrased paragraphs carefully! If you feel you have THREE good paraphrased practice paragraphs, turn them in to the 6th Language Arts inbox. 

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