Paraphrase Practice

Paraphrase Practice

Paraphrasing Practice - 6th Grade

The top section is a version of notes (with some paraphrasing) from the source:
 Purdue University Online Writing Lab, http://owl.english.purdue.edu/

A paraphrase is…

  • Your own version of important information and ideas expressed by someone else, presented in a new form
  • One acceptable way (when credit is given to the original source) to borrow from a source
  • A restatement that focuses on a single main idea

Write the following six steps down on a paper.

Steps to Effective Paraphrasing

  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: 

Read the following paragraph from a web article, and follow the steps above to make a paraphrase of key information on your paper. 

The Pledge is a proclamation stating that all Americans are unified, standing together as one nation and working together for the benefit of the country as a whole. The reason the pledge of allegiance is asked to be recited on a daily basis in schools, is because when a child recites the pledge everyday, he or she may be directed into thinking more deeply about its meaning and significance. (Johnson, Priya. "Pledge of Allegiance. Mark of Loyalty and Patriotism Towards the Flag of America." Historyplex, March 2018.)

Use the six "Steps to Effective Paraphrasing" to paraphrase the above paragraph on your paper.

Then copy down the tips from the image below.


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