Research Skills: Learning to Paraphrase (Updates for Distance Learning)

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8th - 12th, Homeschool
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RESEARCH SKILLS: Paraphrasing or plagiarism: what's the difference?

This lesson is designed to help students learn to paraphrase information properly. We all know that the Internet has made research infinitely easier; but it has also made it so much easier for kids to plagiarize Sadly, this turns the research process into an exercise in cutting and pasting, or in using a thesaurus to change a few words here and there.

It’s my experience that students do a lot of unintentional plagiarizing. One reason for this is that they just don’t know how to go about paraphrasing properly, so I designed this lesson to teach them how to, and then to give them practice doing it.

I start with the Research Quiz. I have them answer the questions on their own (I often just project the quiz to save paper), and then we discuss it together. The answers are all the same: yes, it’s plagiarism, and the only item that does not have to be cited in part B is, of course, facts that are common knowledge. Usually, my students are quite surprised by the answers, and it always leads to great discussion about paraphrasing versus plagiarizing.

Then, I use the sideshow to walk them through the process of paraphrasing properly. I have provided corresponding student handouts, as well as three short exercises that allow them to practice this important research skill.

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22 slides, 15 pages
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