Paraphrasing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach students how to paraphrase with this lesson plan and video lesson. Students will define terms, learn some paraphrasing strategies, then practice paraphrasing with and without support.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate understanding of plagiarism
  • apply strategies for paraphrasing
  • paraphrase text


50 minutes


  • School plagiarism policy
  • Copies of a familiar text, like a page from a recently covered essay
  • Index cards

Key Vocabulary

  • Plagiarism
  • Paraphrasing

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.8

Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.


  • Begin class by showing students your school's plagiarism policy and asking them to read it closely. Discuss and share understandings of plagiarism.
  • Explain to students that sometimes when writing, it's necessary to use a strategy called paraphrasing. Define the term and share prior knowledge.
  • Start the video lesson Paraphrasing Without Plagiarism. Allow students to take notes.
  • Pause the video at 2:00. Allow students to ask questions and check for understanding. Ask:
    • When do we need to paraphrase?
    • What is the difference between paraphrasing and plagiarism?
    • What are some examples of plagiarism?
  • Before restarting the video, ask students to write the following in their notebooks:
    • The Declaration of Independence states that 'all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.'
  • Continue the video. The lesson will give three strategies for paraphrasing. Copy the strategies on the board for students to reference.
  • As the video instructs, pause and allow students to paraphrase the sentence they copied. Before restarting, share ideas and offer suggestions.
  • Resume the video and play to the end. Use the lesson summary to wrap up ideas and answer questions, then discuss:
    • Is paraphrasing ever wrong?
    • Do we need to cite our sources when paraphrasing?
    • What are some tips to use to avoid plagiarism?
    • How does labeling grammatical structure help to avoid plagiarism?

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