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A Weave of Woods
Focus on vocabulary, comprehension, and analysis while reading A Weave of Woods, a colorful picture book by Robert D. San Souci. Young learners use worksheets to preview, predict, practice paraphrasing, and make comparisons. The richly detailed plan includes reading charts, comprehension and interpretative questions, and extension activities. What a great resource!
The Research Paper
Students demonstrate a working knowledge of how to produce bibliography cards using MLA Documentation. They organize information from a variety of sources and credit sources for both quoted and paraphrased ideas.
Discuss the work of Matthew Henson, an African American who traveled to the North Pole with Robert Peary. After reading the story "Matthew Henson" by Maryann N. Weidt, learners answer questions by drawing inferences and conclusions, paraphrasing, and identifying figurative language such as similes. This is an excellent instructional activity.
Go over how to read complex sentences. Learners work on identifying key ideas, examining sentence structure, looking up new vocabulary, and paraphrasing. An overview of methods to help class members read difficult texts, half of the slides in this slide show are dedicated to paraphrasing.
Analyzing Poetry with TPCASTT
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.
Learning to Paraphrase
Students rewrite a paragraph in their own words. In this Language lesson plan, students paraphrase what they are reading without plagiarizing. A rubric is provided with this lesson plan.
Fifth graders internalize the ability to recall, inform, or organize ideas when comprehending text. Students practice paraphrasing/summarizing by taking it to the playground. Students line up with 4B5 feet on each side of the group, the first with the basketball. Students paraphrase and summarize what the teacher calls out.
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.
Preparing for Poetry: A Reader's First Steps
Learners examine denotation and connotation in language, and paraphrase a poem. They read and analyze a sonnet by iam Shakespeare, analyze the attitude and tone, paraphrase a poem, and create a thesis about a poem based on textual evidence.
Sharing the Message
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.
Students analyze recent media trends, and develop critical thinking skills by summarizing main ideas, extracting details, formulating opinions, drawing inferences, and comparing and contrasting attitudes. They also practice paraphrasing skills and review vocabulary.
What are the Amendments?
Fifth graders research and paraphrase the Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. For this Amendments lesson, 5th graders experience bias and discuss the Amendments. Students research for more information and paraphrase each Amendment in preparation for an interview. They interview 10 people about the Amendments and create a bar graph to represent data.
Students investigate writing a school newspaper. In this writing a school newspaper lesson, students choose topics that will be included in the school newspaper. Students view online sites about writing articles and break into groups to brainstorm ideas. Students write and edit their articles. Students practice paraphrasing articles using a web organizer.
Storytellers: Pearl Jam, Lesson 1
Students examine the meaning of genre, and specifically investigate the musical genre of grunge. They view and discuss photos, watch the video, "VH1 Storytellers: Pearl Jam," answer discussion questions, and paraphrase the lyrics to a Pearl Jam song.
Poetry Reading and Analysis Worksheet - As You Like It
Enhance your lesson on Shakespeare with this poetry activity. After reading lines 139-167 from As You Like It Act II, Scene 7 (provided on the first page), middle schoolers work on a graphic organizer to paraphrase each part of the poem. Six questions about the poem's author and structure reinforce literary analysis skills. The lesson is designed for homeschool but could be used in any class setting.
Seventh graders practice paraphrasing. As a class, they review previous lessons and discuss the difference between paraphrasing and plagiarism. Students begin by paraphrasing sentences orally and then they complete a worksheet, paraphrasing sentences in writing.
What are the differences between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing?
Have you seen accidental plagiarism in your class and want to address the issue? Practice paraphrasing after a mini-lesson on incorporating outside work into original writing. Go over the information about quotations, paraphrasing, and summarizing and then assign individuals or groups to paraphrase each provided sentence.
Paraphrasing and Summarizing
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.
Quoting, Citing, and Paraphrasing
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.
Basil Heatter - "The Long Night of Little Boats"
The miracle of the rescue at Dunkirk comes alive in this five-day, integrated Language Arts/Social Studies lesson, a must-have for your curriculum library. Beautifully crafted and richly detailed, the lesson includes the reading passage, vocabulary list, close reading and discussion questions, writing prompts, graphic organizers, sample essays, and alternative assessments. Whether you use it as part of the study of World War II or as a model for close reading, this lesson has it all!