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Paraphrase Progression: Step-by-Step Paraphrase Training

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This is the other half of my book "Paraphrase Progressions and Summary Secrets."

If summary is a compressed rewording of what someone else writes or says, the paraphrase is rewording without compression.

When instructed to paraphrase, most students will plagiarize without even realizing it. This PDF file is tool to help you teach students exactly what a paraphrase is and gives them targeted paraphrase writing practice.

The step-by-step progression is 50 pages. The key and the quiz section is 40 pages long.

You must bring your teacher "A" game to be effective. If it doesn't "work" the first time, don't give up. If you can be effective, the progression will drastically increase efficiency. The more times you teach it, the better it gets. Every time I teach this progression, I get new, deeper insights.

Paraphrasing is great writing practice. It really forces students to intimately engage with language at the word and sentence level, the place where writers go when trying to do good work.

I love talking about syntax and vocabulary and sentence structure when I teach this.

When your students finish this progression they will have a deeper understanding of what constitutes a paraphrase. They will know more about paraphrasing than the majority of their peers.

This progression would benefit any writer, from middle school to the graduate level.

If you like the summary progression, you will like this progression also. It's actually better than the summary sequence.

I will happily assist you, if you need help.

Gary

gpollitt@fullerton.edu
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On  October 21, 2013Gary Pollitt answered:
Keep hammering the idea "change the subject to change the syntax." I have been making them paraphrase a famous quotation every day after they finish. I noticed I already wrote this comment down the page but it's the key to paraphrasing because they can get shared language and lifted phrases pretty easily. Syntax is the tricky part. But changing the subject (not the vocab) is the key.
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Nice ideas and systemic progression. I would have liked to see a little more work on the complete MLA citation other than the last 3 pages. Overall, a great product.
On  August 11, 2013Gary Pollitt answered:
If you email me I'll send you a PDF for citing MLA with the paraphrase.

gpollitt@fullerton.edu
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This helped my 8th graders immensely to understand the differences between paraphrasing and summarizing. Loved it!
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Awesome!

Keep the key handy for the couple of sticking points. Just help them and keep going with the progression. The key is to keep moving forward.

For many students, the pieces won't fall into place until after they write the paraphrase of "Forgetful Surfer in Volcano" and you mark their syntax errors (using the key) and make them fix these.

I just finished teaching this progression to my freshman comp students, and it worked out really well. This is my fifth semester teaching it and I have gotten better at teaching it with repetition.
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I used the free summary progression with my class last week. My high school students all claimed that they knew how to summarize, but it was awful. Now they have a process that produces a much cleaner, more accurate summary. I'm looking forward to using the paraphrase activities this week before we get started on research papers.
On  December 6, 2012Gary Pollitt answered:
Thanks.

As you teach paraphrasing, hammer the idea that to change the syntax, students must change the subject. You have to beat this into their sweet little hard heads, but when they get it they have the key to paraphrasing without plagiarizing.
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