I've had such great feedback from the first version of "Paraphrasing Popular Songs" that I've created a BRAND NEW VERSION! This activity includes 9 popular new songs. Students must read the paraphrased lyrics and try to guess the song from which they are taken.
New writing standards require that our students be able to write with evidence from text, and paraphrasing is central to this skill. Practice with paraphrasing is crucial for students to become proficient.
This activity allows students to see examples of familiar 'text' that has been paraphrased and compare it with the original versions. My students always enjoy "naming that tune" and then usually want to create their own paraphrased lyrics for their friends to guess. And isn't that what it's all about?!?