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Writing in Your Own Words

  • Paraphrasing means to restate an idea in your own words


  • If you read a paragraph by another writer, you should not rewrite the same paragraph using that writer's words
  • So How would you tell the information in the paragraph you read if you were asked to?

Answer: By Paraphrasing

  • You should not copy what the other writer has written because if you do then that is called plagiarizing
  • Plagiarizing is against the law
  • There are laws called copyright laws that make it illegal to copy
  • You should not copy because you could face serious consequences like:
  • Your papers not being accepted, lower grades, being thrown out or rejected from schools, or jail and expensive fines.


  • To write the information in your own words is to paraphrase
  • You basically summarize using different words that convey the same meaning when you paraphrase.


  • Writer's words:
  • Maureen could hardly believe she was going to be in fifth grade this year. She was very excited. But she was nervous, too. The fifth grade was in a different school. The students in her class would be the youngest students in the school. She wondered if the older students would make fun of the younger ones. At the same time, Maureen thought it would be fun to be in a new school with older students. Her stomach was full of butter lies.

Your Paraphrased Version:

  • Maureen had mixed feelings about going into the fifth grade. On the one hand she could not wait to go to a new place and start a new school year, but on the other hand, she was scared that she might get picked on by older kids at the school.


  • The paraphrased version basically summarized what the writer said, but it was different as it used a different set of words than the writer used.
  • When writing about something you recently learned, you need to summarize and use your own words to re-write it.