Doug Lemov's field notes

Reflections on teaching, literacy, coaching, and practice.

03.09.16 On the Difference Between Paraphrase & Summary

Paraphrase, Colleen, Erica and I point out in Reading Reconsidered, is not the same as summary. A paraphrase is a restatement of the sentence in simpler, clarified terms that still capture all of the explicit meaning and as much of the connotation as possible. A paraphrase recreates a facsimile of the passage from the narrator’s point…