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Many developmentally disabled students struggle with accurately conveying messages and interpreting those of others around them, especially when they are non-verbal. This lesson contains fun activities and exercises, such as talking with their hands and reacting scenes, as well as great instructional support to practice these skills. Learners review body language and paraphrasing as tools for improving communication.
Play a popular song for your class that they will easily recognize. Then give each class member a revised copy of the lyrics. This revision should have your name on it as the author and contain some minor differences in word choice that make no real difference in the meaning of the song. The ensuing discussion, launched by questions included in the resource, focuses on why stealing words and ideas from another source matters. Finally, pupils practice paraphrasing and citing sources.
In this grammar activity, learners rewrite five sentences to eliminate the striking or catchy language and rewrite three student paraphrases to make each one grammatically correct.
Second graders paraphrase information that has been shared orally by others. They discuss ways to read informational text to comprehend meaning. Students discuss what active listening means. They are divided into groups of two and each student is required to read an article from the news or an informational magazine. Students read their articles to themselves and orally summarize the article in their own words to their partner.
Third graders listen to a lecture on how to take notes and discuss the skills of paraphrasing and correctly citing resources. They prepare note cards according to the format presented in class.
Have your middle schoolers define the terms outline, summary, paraphrase, plagiarism, citation, reference, and bibliography. They identify the main ideas, topic sentence, supporting ideas in technical writing and create note cards using direct quotes with correct citations and paraphrases.
Students visit the school media center to research their favorite historical figures. Following a discussion of paraphrasing, they find information in library materials about their figure. Once students compile their information, they condense it into persuasive essays.
Pairs of learners practice the skill of paraphrasing. Together, they read a few sentences from their books and explain those sentences to their partner in their own words. The partner's job is to write down the explanation given, then double-check it for accuracy by referring back to the original text. They see that writing that contains another person's words must be put in quotation marks.
Middle schoolers read a poem and complete a TPCASTT chart. They make a prediction about the title (T) , paraphrase each line (P), identify poetic devices and nuances (C-connotation), explore mood and tone (A-attitude), point out shifts in content or style (S), evaluate the title after reading (T), and name what they believe is the theme or main idea of the poem. Presents a very systematic way of analyzing poetry. 
Fifth graders read My Secret War. In this social studies lesson, 5th graders discuss how United States citizens worked together to ensure success in the war. Students discuss primary and secondary sources. Students paraphrase.
Read an article about the migration of our ancestors and write a paragraph. Pupils paraphrase and summarize to restate the information found in a nonfiction text. They write a shortened version of the reading to demonstrate the difference between paraphrasing and summarizing.
Prior to this lesson, 5th graders will have collected notes from several sources. Students extend their note taking to include at least one example each of summarizing and paraphrasing. They record bibliographic information for each source, and organize a bibliography page.
A reading of What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin? provides an opportunity for class members to practice paraphrasing, quoting, and citing sources. An exercise on how to avoid plagiarizing is also included. 
In this paraphrasing activity, 5th graders read a passage and answer 5 questions about paraphrasing different parts of the passage.
Beware! (not only the Ides of March). Warn your researchers of the dangers of plagiarism! After defining the term, viewers are introduced to the consequences of and forms of plagiarism, as well as tips on how to avoid plagiarism. Information is also included on related issues like reusing a research paper and copyright infringement.
Sixth graders practice paraphrasing. In this paraphrasing instructional activity, 6th graders read a paragraph and highlight the important words. They write a summary sentence of the paragraph making sure not to copy any sentences. 
For this paraphrasing worksheet, students watch a paraphrasing video, fill in the blanks to sentences, and complete sentences where they do not paraphrase. Students complete 13 problems total.
In this summary and paraphrase instructional activity, students review the definition for a summary and paraphrase. Students learn the steps for writing a summary and then write one for the passage.
Help your high schoolers identify the main idea of a passage with this lesson on paraphrasing. First rewriting a paragraph in their own words, they then underline the most important words in their paraphrase and use them in a summary. Handouts and paragraphs to work with are included in the lesson.
Integrating quotations, paraphrases, and summaries into a paper can be a challenge. After the terms are defined and the difference among them illustrated, viewers are shown correct and incorrect inclusions of quotations. Preview the presentation before using with your class because some slides appear to be missing. 

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