Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Quoting Workshop

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What's the difference between summarizing and paraphrasing? Show class members how to find the main ideas from informational text and condense it, restate it, or quote it directly with a series of educational activities based on two articles and handy reference sheets.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in a writer's workshop or language arts class when focusing on informational text
  • Show the episode of Gilmore Girls described in the reading excerpt
  • Have class members find additional nonfiction articles or columns to summarize, paraphrase, and cite
  • Encourage learners to add the reference pages to their language arts binders
Classroom Considerations

  • Provides a lot of resources and activities; you could use the entire lesson in one long class period, or stretch it out over several days

  • Provides all the materials needed for each part of the lesson
  • Scaffolds the lessons to guide learners through the reading process

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