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Paraphrasing: An Effective Comprehension Strategy

by Sharon B. Kletzien, Ph.D.

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Paraphrasing: An Effective Comprehension Strategy

Grades 3 – 12
Type Journal
Published September 2009
Publisher International Literacy Association



Paraphrasing, somewhat different from retelling and summarizing, helps students monitor their understanding and incorporate new knowledge with what they already know about a topic. Paraphrasing helps students realize that comprehension is the goal of reading.


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I Used My Own Words! Paraphrasing Informational Texts

Tell me about it in your own words! If students can paraphrase the information they have read, then you—and they—can be confident that they understand it.