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Paraphrasing

A model to support comprehension through paraphrasing
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Gene Monahan

on 28 October 2014

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Transcript of Paraphrasing

Paraphrasing
Module 2
What do you know about the brown bear?

Brown Bear Habitat

If she succeeded in finding enough food to have a healthy store of fat, the embryo, or tiny developing baby bear, continues to develop and is born after a couple of months. If the mother didn't fatten up enough, the embryo might not develop. A female brown bear's milk is very rich in fat and calories, so the cub grows quickly.

Your Turn

As the cold swoops in, the fattened bear waddles into a den among rocks or one it dug out among tree roots. As it falls into a deep sleep, the bear's heart rate drops from about 40 beats a minute to as low as 8 beats a minute. All the bear's body functions slow down. The female brown bear enters her den pregnant with one (sometimes two or three) baby bears.

Brown Bear Paraphrasing

As winter approaches, brown bears—often called grizzly bears—prepare for a long hibernation. During the fall, a brown bear eats practically around the clock, stocking up for the four to seven months when it'll have to live off stored body fat. A grizzly may chow down on 90 pounds (40 kilograms) of food each day.

Creature Feature

The Brown Bear

Paraphrasing with the RTTWCR Model
Read
Think about the article, paragraph, etc. until you have a picture in your mind of what you want to say in your own words
Talk about it with someone or out loud by yourself
Write it
Compare what you wrote against the text. Consider the beginning, middle and end of the text.
Add to your paraphrase, delete from it, refine it.


Objective: You will be able to paraphrase the main idea of a selection by application of the RTTWCR Strategy, and evaluating paraphrased ideas.

Mama bear doesn't even wake up as her blind and hairless cub is born midwinter. The tiny bear, about the size of a chipmunk, is just strong enough to crawl into a position where it settles in to nurse.

Paired Paraphrasing


OVERVIEW

As winter approaches,brown bears—often called grizzly bears—prepare for a long hibernation. During the fall, a brown bear eats practically around the clock, stocking up for the four to seven months when it'll have to live off stored body fat. A grizzly may chow down on 90 pounds (40 kilograms) of food each day.

As the cold swoops in, the fattened bear waddles into a den among rocks or one it dug out among tree roots. The female brown bear enters her den pregnant with one (sometimes two or three) baby bears. Mama bear doesn't even wake up as her blind and hairless cub is born midwinter. The tiny bear, about the size of a chipmunk, is just strong enough to crawl into a position where it settles in to nurse. A female brown bear's milk is very rich in fat and calories, so the cub grows quickly. ​

​By the time the adult grizzly wakes up in the spring, her baby is strong enough to follow her out of the den. Cubs live with their mothers for up to three years, and then they're usually ready to face life on their own.

Use the model to paraphrase your findings with a
partner. Refer to the text to support your
paraphrasing.

Write your paraphrase and compare yours with
your partner.
Watch the video and
consider the message in
the beginning, middle and
end.
Collaborative Work Process:
Take turns speaking.
Share the writing.
Keep your roar to an acceptable level.
Don't forget to refine your paraphrase.
Rehearse sharing your paraphrase.
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