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Unformatted text preview: Writing a Paraphrase Follow these Steps: 1. Read the selection several times to understand it fully. Take notes on important words such as scientific terms, names of people, events, etc. 2. Look up any words you do not understand and find synonyms for them. Also be looking for other ways to express unfamiliar information. 3. Rewrite each sentence, one after the other. Simplify the sentence structure and use synonyms. 4. Review. Does it sound natural? Does it flow smoothly? Does it sound like your writing? Does the paraphrase reflect your understanding and accuracy? Does it contain most of the information of the original? Do not omit essential ideas and do NOT change the meaning of the original. 5. At the end, be sure to include bibliographic info – author’s last name and page number in parentheses. Practice – Paraphrase the following passages, following the steps above. Use a thesaurus or a dictionary to find synonyms for the underlined words and phrases. 1. Our Growing Deserts “As a result of the unsound use of land, deserts are creeping outward in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Worse, the productive capacity of vast dry regions in both rich and poor countries is falling” (Byrnes 11). Original Synonym as a result of _______________________________________________ unsound _______________________________________________ creeping outward _______________________________________________ productive capacity _______________________________________________...
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- Spring '11
- Constructed language, vast dry regions