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PARAPHRASINGBORROWING LANGUAGE AND IDEAS
WHAT IS A PARAPHRASE?DEFINITION:Paraphrasing is when we borrow ideas, language, or phrases from another persons text; we write these using our own language and sentence patterns.
WHAT IS A PARAPHRASE?continuedParaphrasing a text (such as a movie, an article, a book chapter, or a song) helps the reader grasp the important parts without having to read the source.
The writer is an expert in the content of that one source, and she talks the research to her reader.
ACTIVITY ONE:Answer the following questions on a sheet of paper. Do not answer with I dont know; instead, talk about what you think a writer does. Its good to start with what we already know or assume:
When do we paraphrase?How do we paraphrase?Can we switch words around?How do we cite our paraphrases?How is paraphrase different than quote?
Note: Please do not look anything up with this part. You are thinking about what you already know or have heard about integrating sources into your texts.
HERE ARE SOME INCORRECT ASSUMPTIONS STUDENT WRITERS HAVE HAD ABOUT PARAPHRASING. COMPARE YOUR ANSWERS FROM ACTIVITY ONE WITH THOSE BELOW.--If we switch words around we are O.K.. NO
--If somebody did not say it, then they are my words. NO
--I have learned about the topic somewhere else; I dont need to cite it.NO--This comes from my own expertise. NO
--I dont know what the article is about, but I switched the words around in this one part; they are my words. NO
--I dont think we have to cite a paraphrase. We only cite quotes. NO
WHY DO WE PARAPHRASE?Paraphrasing allows the reader to trust the writer. We walk away from our reading informed, and we have confidence in the researcher because she knows her source materials.
MOST OF YOUR RESEARCH WRITING WILL INCLUDE PARAPHRASING.
WHY DO WE PARAPHRASE?PARAPHRASE IS USED MORE THAN SUMMARY AND QUOTES BECAUSE:
PARAPHRASE GIVES MORE DETAIL THAN SUMMARY AND ALLOWS MORE INSIGHT.
PARAPHRSE PREVENTS OVERRELIANCE ON QUOTING AND SHOWS AN AUTHORS CAREFUL CONSIDERATION OF THE PARTICULAR SOURCE.
WE SHOULD ONLY QUOTE IN SPECIFIC INSTANCES
REVIEWING WHEN TO QUOTEAs a review, writers use quotes sparingly and only with the following rules:Quoting an authority (who is absolutely necessary to include in the paper).Using necessary dialogue.Highlighting necessary bias or opposite opinions.Analyzing unusual language.Ask your instructor for any other times to quote.
ACTIVITY #2:LOOK AT THE PAPER YOU ARE WORKING ON.HIGHLIGHT EVERY PLACE YOU QUOTE.
WRITE YES NEXT TO QUOTES THAT FOLLOW ONE OF THE RULES, AND WRITE NO NEXT TO THOSE THAT DONT.
FOR THOSE THAT DONT FOLLOW ONE OF THE RULES (AND THERE PROBABLY ARE SEVERAL YOU SHOULD REVISE), THEN CONSIDER PARAPHRASING IN PLACE OF THE QUOTE.
STAPLE THE DRAFT IN WHICH YOU HIGHLIGHTED ALL QUOTES AND ON WHICH YOU WROTE YES OR NO TO THE COMPLETED GPAW FOR YOUR INSTRUCTOR TO REVIEW.
IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER ABOUT PARAPHRASING:1. Use only important information.2. Paraphrasing is better than quoting too much.3. We must use our own voice and words.
Three paraphrasing rules:1. We are allowed to use common terms, such as the authors name or topic. No quotation marks are necessary when we use these.
2.If we borrow any key words, we must put them in quotations.
We must box in the source by introducing source first and then citing at the end.
ACTIVITY #3 PRINT THIS SLIDEAND USE IT AS A GUIDE AS WE PARAPHRASE
LETS PRACTICE:ORIGINAL STATEMENT: When we paraphrase, we should make sure to allow our original voice to explain the text to our readers without stealing the original tone or sentence patterns. Paraphrasing is always better than quoting too much.
PARAPHRASE ATTEMPT: Diana Agy, in her text How to Paraphrase seems to privilege paraphrasing in place of quoting too much. She talks about how important it is for a writer to know his or her sources and to talk the research to his or her readers (Agy13). Any common terms? Yes: ParaphraseNotice it is not in quotation marks because it is a common term.
2. Are there any unique or key words that we borrowed from original writer?Yes: quoting too much and talkNotice how we put this phrase in quotation marks because we borrow the original writers language. We think this is an important phrase. 3. Did the author introduce the source and cite it at the end?Yes. She introduced the source here, and she cites it at the end.This helps us know where this paraphrase begins and where it ends.
PRINT THIS SLIDE TO USE WITH THE UPCOMING ACTIVITIES:
HERE IS AN ORIGINAL TEXT:
The more we write and talk about writing, the better writers we become. The Writing Fellow Program provides an outlet for students to chat with peers about any stage of writing: prewriting, drafting, revising, close editing, etc Writing Fellows use redirection and sample writings to help students better understand the whys of each writing stage.
Text by Diana Agy.
INCORRECT PARAPHRASING:Sample #1Students can benefit from the Writing Fellow Program by understanding redirection and considering sample papers. The more students talk about writing, the more skilled they become.
Did the writer use common terms?Yes: writing and students . She did not need quotation for these common words.
Did the writer borrow key words and use quotations correctly?YES, she borrowed key words, BUTShe did not use quotations with borrowed language.To correct, she should use quotation marks with redirection, sample papers and talk about writing
Did the writer introduce the source and cite it at then end?No. We do not know where the writer begins and ends and where the source begins and ends.
ACTIVITY #4EXPLAIN IN A PARAGRAPH WHY THE PREVIOUS EXAMPLE WAS AN INCORRECT PARAPHRASE. TALK TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR ABOUT WHY THAT PARAPHRASE IS PLAGIARIZED.
Correct paraphrasing: In the text by Diana Agy, she explains the importance of communication and social activities centered around writing. She particularly targets a program she calls Writing Fellow Program, and she explains how these tutors help engage their tutees through various methods. Her text also highlights the importance of understanding writing as a process and that we become better writers if we understand the whys of various writing stages (qtd. In Paraphrase GPAW).
Does it use common terms:Yes: writing (writers) , importance, understandingno need for quotation marks.
Does it borrow key words and cite them with quotation marks?Yes:writing stages and whys
Does it introduce and cite the source correctly?Yes: In the text, and (qtd. In Paraphrase GPAW).
ACTIVITY #5EXPLAIN IN ONE PARAGRAPH WHY THE PREVIOUS SLIDE IS A CORRECT PARAPHRASE. TALK TO YOUR INSTRUCTOR ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE LEARNING ABOUT PARAPHRASE.
NOTE: PLEASE DO NOT SIMPLY LIST THE THREE RULES OVER AGAINTALK ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE LEARNING ABOUT THE PARAPHRASE FROM THIS LAST EXAMPLE.
THE MOST COMMON PROBLEMThe main problem is using the original source as a mirror.
Mirroring occurs when the writer imitates the original sentence patterns and voice. Some writers have learned that as long as they replace the original text with their own language, then all is well. But, they are mistaken!
When we paraphrase we are putting someone elses information in our own sentence patterns. Not only must the wording be different, but the rhythm and pattern must also be our own.
We think that we are paraphrasing when we are rearranging our sources sentences while we keep their original sentence patterns, BUT WE ARE NOT.
Be very careful here. This is the most common form of plagiarism.
Consider this example:Incorrect paraphrase--plagiarismOriginal:Ask not what your country can do for you. But ask what you can do for your country.
Incorrect Paraphrase:Dont ask what your nation can give you; instead, consider what you are willing to do for your country.
Notice the rhythm, the sentence pattern, and the sound are exactly the same. Notice also, although there are some word changes, the second example only mimics the firstit does NOT paraphrase the first.
Correct Paraphrase:John Kennedys introduction stresses the importance of citizens becoming civically engaged in their countrys affairs.
ACTIVITY #6WRITE A PARAGRAPH EXPLAINING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE INCORRECT PARAPHRASE AND THE CORRECT PARAPHRASE IN THE PREVIOUS SLIDE (slide #19).
BE SPECIFIC AS YOU TALK TO YOUR TEACHER ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE LEARNING.
ACTIVITY #7CONSIDER THE NEXT EXAMPLE. Read it carefully. Know it.Students who submit plagiarized writing (purposefully or unintentionally misquoting, incorrectly paraphrasing, or incorrectly citing sources) run the risk of academic dishonesty and producing poor writing. Know the research, and talk it to your reader. Understand the conventions of citing sources, and understand the difference between quoting and paraphrasing.
Text by Joe Schmoe from page 23 in a book titled Sources.
1. Write an INCORRECT PARAPHRASE of the above text , and follow the chart on slide #14. Go through each paraphrase process, and explain why your incorrect paraphrase is incorrect.
2. Write a CORRECT PARAPHRASE of the above text, and follow the chart on slide #16. Go through each paraphrase process, and explain why your correct paraphrase is correct.
PARAPHRASE APPLICATIONACTIVITY #8Revisit your entire essay.
Write down each of your paraphrases.
Find the original article.
Highlight the sections where the paraphrases comes from.
Staple the original source text to your work so your instructor can scan it.
Answer the following questions.
Does your paraphrasemirror the rhythm of the original? have similar sentence patterns? sound like the original?
simply substitute your sources words for another?
If yes, you must revise!Return to slide # 11 for reference.
Reflection:ACTIVITY #9: PLEASE ANSWER IN 3-4 SENTENCES EACH:
What have you learned from this workshop?
How will your writing change as a result of completing this workshop?
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