Getting students to assimilate information and respond in their own words is a difficult task. This packet provides instruction and practice in summarizing, paraphrasing, and the use of synonyms. These skills help students interpret their texts and aid in student response. It also teaches them ways to avoid the sneaky infiltration of plagiarism
Paraphrase - first steps in writing
This instruction sheet defines “paraphrase,” “summary,” and “synonym” with examples of each. Sample paragraphs are included and a note card is provided to help students identify important elements of a selection.
Synonyms Practice Sheet
The use of synonyms in paraphrasing and summarizing is explored. Practice with choosing synonyms for individual words is provided. Students must also replace underlined words in sentences with appropriate synonyms. Students’ answers should be reviewed in class.
Summary - Practice sheets 1 and 2
The summary practice sheets further define summary with examples. Then a reading selection is provided and students are asked to take notes on a facsimile note card. These notes might be reviewed in class to ensure all students have included the important information, before asking students to write their individual summaries of the reading selection.
The final pages in the packet ask students to paraphrase a reading selection using the note card and paragraph form on the assignment sheets. A rubric is also provided to ensure the students include all important elements of the reading and write their response in their own word
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