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Sure, paraphrasing is an essential skill that we as educators teach as part of our writing curriculum...but does this jam-packed literacy skill really get the praise it deserves?
Here are the top 5 reasons this literacy skill truly is our hero:
What Educators Say
We asked educators from around the country about their experiences with paraphrasing instruction and here’s what they had to say:
"Out of all the writing and reading skills my students struggle with, paraphrasing is at the top of the list.” (Lisa LaBrake, ELA teacher, Sweet Home High School, New York)
“When students are first learning to incorporate evidence in their essay, they often string together a series of quotes, often not properly attributed and not related to their topic.”(Ami Szerencse, English teacher, Schurr High School, California)
“Students grasp the concept of quoting word-for-word rather quickly, but paraphrasing the words of others is a significant challenge. Students either use 2-3 of the author's words, which we understand is quoting, or they easily slip into constant summary without proper citation. Having effective and scaffolded resources to support instruction would help students understand how to paraphrase to support an argument as effectively and readily as with a direct quote." (Marina Amador, MA C&I, ELA and Electives Teacher, CNUSD Hybrid School of Innovation, California)
Teaching Paraphrasing in Classrooms
Although paraphrasing is essential to reading and writing, helping students master this skill may prove to be challenging. In an effort to support educators in crafting paraphrasing skills, our Turnitin curriculum team brainstormed several resources that we wish we had in our classrooms.
The Paraphrasing Pack.
This pack consists of eleven out-of-the-box resources that are ready to be implemented in the classroom. These resources were flexibly designed, allowing teachers to conduct activities individually or build upon one another as a complete unit. The pack is adaptable for any 6th - 12th-grade classroom.