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7th Grade: Paraphrasing & Citing: Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing Video from Gross Academy

What is Paraphrasing?

  • Putting someone else's facts and information into your own words.  
     
  • Because it is not your information, you must include an in-text citation to give credit to the original source.
     
  • You must rework the entire sentence and put in your own voice.
     
  • Paraphrasing is not only replacing words with synonyms.
     
  • Paraphrasing is not only changing the simple word order.  
     

Original:  Ronald Reagan liked jelly beans and monkey bread.

Bad Paraphrase:  Ronald Reagan enjoyed monkey bread and jelly beans (Olver).

Better Paraphrase:  Jelly beans and monkey bread were a few of Ronald Reagan's favorite foods (Olver).

How to Paraphrase

  1. READ the material completely.
     
  2. JOT down notes in bullet form.
     
  3. DO NOT COPY notes word-for-word.
     
  4. SET NOTES ASIDE and write new sentence.
     
  5. COMPARE notes and your new sentence to make sure facts are correct.
     
  6. INCLUDE in-text citation.