Paraphrasing is like...
Recycling: When you paraphrase, you will take the author's words and turn them into a new sentence by using your own words to convey the same idea.
Re-purposing: While the idea remains the same, some of the words used are different, which ensures that your own writing style and voice is present, along with the original author's ideas. A citation at the end of the paraphrase signals that the words are yours but the thought is from the author cited.
Paraphrasing is a Process
Through the process of paraphrasing, you wil do the following:
Use the 4 R process below in "Key Resource" to help you with paraphrasing.
Understanding Paraphrasing versus Summarizing
Sunday 4:00 p.m. & Thursday 4:00 p.m. MST
This group session provides students with strategies and tips to help students build paraphrasing skills. Students can bring their questions and concerns about paraphrasing to the session, participate in paraphrasing activities, group discussions, and evaluate sample paraphrases. You are encouraged to attend this group session whenever you have questions about paraphrasing or want to brush up on your paraphrasing skills. Coaching Scheduler
Using the 4 R's as a Paraphrasing Strategy
Review the graphic below that explains the 4 R's: Read, Restate, Recheck, and Repair and use the attached graphic organizer to help you practice paraphrasing by using this strategy. For additional practice, attend the Properly Paraphrasing group session Sundays at 12:00 p.m. PST and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. PST. A description and link to register is in the "Practice" tab above as well as additional practice exercises and tools.