Choose a key paragraph or section from an essential reading
Print out copies and get students to read in class
In pairs they have to summarise and paraphrase the main idea with the text. It is helpful to give them an appropriate word-count to do this
They then swap their written paragraph with another pair to see how they paraphrased the text and noting if they think there is any evidence of copying words used in the original text
What the activity achieves
Develop paraphrasing skills
Develop writing skills
Allows for peer-review and in-class feedback
Instead of writing down the summary of the text, they have to vocalise their summary.
The students could be given more than one text that deals with the same idea. They would first summarise each text separately, then they need to write a paragraph that compares the ideas of the two different thinkers.