As educators, we seem to do a great job in teaching what not to do such as plagiarize, but we often fail to teach the replacement behavior.
I needed to find a method and technique to teach, model, and engage my students in paraphrasing to discourage the overuse of direct quotes when writing essays and research. I knew I needed something I could differentiate as I had varying levels of writing and reading skills in each classroom. I wanted to focus on the practice and concept using reading materials that met the student’s reading ability and comprehension levels. At the same time, in order to increase the engagement in the practical application of the skills, I felt it necessary to utilize materials that high school students would find engaging.
I also wanted to introduce cultural history into the practice. So much of our cultural history included oral history and I decided to start there. I have used this activity with students as young as 5th grade with great success.