To aid in understanding a complex text, it often helps students to paraphrase the author’s ideas. The Paraphrasing lesson, for grades 4–8, will help your students learn to retell and make sense of complex texts and poems. This lesson includes a definition, an explanation of how the skill is used, an example, and practice questions with excerpts from real books. The Paraphrasing lesson can kick off a reading lesson or serve as an impromptu refresher of skills already introduced. The lesson also includes a separate Answer Key PDF.