Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Paraphrasing, and supports the standard of paraphrasing information in notes and finished work. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.


Display a few sentences from an article, such as this:

“One of the first companies to make non-toxic crayons safe for toddlers, Crayola was an instant success. According to the company’s website, Crayola produced more than 100 billion crayons in its first 100 years, and it continues to produce an astounding 3 billion each year!”

Ask students:

  • How would you paraphrase this, or say it in your own words?
  • Why might you paraphrase something you’ve read? 


  • Read the description on the Paraphrasing topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Way Back When,” “Arts and Entertainment,” or “Language.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Paraphrasing Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about paraphrasing while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a preview for a movie about an article you’ve read that paraphrases its key ideas.
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying strategies for paraphrasing a page in a textbook. Use specific examples.
  • Creative Coding: Code a conversation where one character speaks and the other paraphrases what they say.

More to Explore

Related BrainPOP Topics: Deepen understanding of research and writing strategies with these topics: Plagiarism, Citing Sources, and Research

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments