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Summarizing And Paraphrasing Worksheets 4th Grade



The best way to approach paraphrasing is to start by reading the work a few times. Now write an original thought based on what you have read. Make sure what you write keeps the nature and tone the author was originally trying to create. When you complete your paraphrase make sure to include a citation of where the original source is given credit. These worksheets will help you learn how to use paraphrasing in your work.




summarizing and paraphrasing worksheets 4th grade


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These comprehension worksheets provide additional practice in identifying the main ideas of a text, as well as the details that support the ideas. The last two worksheets also introduce the concept of summarizing a text.


Last week, we did a brief review of the difference between summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting texts. I should have done this a long time ago! I often see it taught in the context of research, but when I started seeing summaries that used direct quotes or lines from the text, I knew it was time. It's also a huge skill for 5th graders to be able to paraphrase well, so I decided it was worth taking the time to do. Oh, and the fact that standardized testing is coming in less than month was excellent incentive as well.


Then, we made a foldable and anchor chart to review the differences between paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting. Most of the students knew what quoting was but had forgotten how to do it with integrity (using quotation marks and referencing the author).


I made a copy of the first card for each student and they glued it on the same page as their foldable. Under each section of the foldable, they did the task under the flap so that they could see the different between paraphrasing, summarizing, and quoting using the same text. We also underlined and color-coded their responses from the text. This week, they are working on one card per day as part of their reading warm up. So far, they have been incredibly effective, and I know it will make a difference in their written reading responses. It will also be great to have this under their belt for research in the future.


Working on just one skill at a time? This summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting BUNDLE is a good starting place when working with shorter paragraphs. Each of these task card sets includes 32 high-interest nonfiction reading passages and a single prompt to summarize, paraphrase, or make a direct quote.


ConclusionsStudents in general education English classes could learn fundamental skills associated with paraphrasing and summarizing, two reading comprehension strategies. Both students with and without disabilities learned how to identify and paraphrase topics, main ideas, and details in paragraphs in reading passages above the 80% level, which is generally considered to be a mastery level for learning strategies. Moreover, their scores on the posttest were significantly higher than the posttest scores of their peers in a comparison class.


There are a lot of different things that make up a good summary - some things that should be included in a summary, and some things that should not be included. I've found that 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students struggle most with these aspects of summarizing fiction and informational texts:


The following is a sample essay you can practice quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Examples of each task are provided at the end of the essay for further reference.Here is the citation for Sipher's essay:


Students will study many specific skills to enhance their ability to read for information as well as for pleasure. Many of these goals overlap with the 4th grade writing objectives. Some of the skills are the following: making predictions, inferences, and generalizations. Students also study cause and effect, sequencing, fact and opinions, drawing conclusions, comparing and contrasting, summarizing, paraphrasing, using context clues, and analyzing story structure. Students will also read various types of genre.


  • Table of contentsHow to paraphrase in five easy steps

  • How to paraphrase correctly

  • Examples of paraphrasing

  • How to cite a paraphrase

  • Paraphrasing vs. quoting

  • Paraphrasing vs. summarizing

  • Avoiding plagiarism when you paraphrase

  • Frequently asked questions about paraphrasing



Try rewriting a short paragraph as a whole class. Use your document, camera or write it on the board to show the paragraph. You might want to give each student a copy. Make sure your pupils are aware of the distinction between paraphrasing and summarizing. Talk about the different ways to do things.


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