Video Lesson: Quoting and Paraphrasing


Length: 2:19

They say “practice makes perfect,” and that’s exactly what comes into play when students start learning how to effectively and responsibly include quotes and paraphrases in their writing. It doesn’t come easily for everyone!

Starting at a young age, students all over the world learn and practice how to create argumentative, expository, analytical, and other types of research-style essays. These assignments require students to include relevant quotes and paraphrases from outside sources in their writing. The quotes and paraphrases serve as evidence, which helps support students’ positions and stances to their readers.

Are you looking to help your students understand how and when to use quotes and paraphrases in their writing? Our two-minute video can help!



“When Should I Paraphrase and When Should I Quote?” is a two-minute long video that highlights:

  • How to include evidence in a research paper, essay, or response
  • What paraphrasing and quoting is
  • How to combine paraphrases with one’s own interpretation
  • Why and how quotes are included in writing
  • The amount of quotes and paraphrases to include in a writing piece

Here are a few discussion questions to pose to your students:

  1. How is a quote different than a paraphrase? What are the characteristics of each?
  2. Why should high quality writing assignments include a mix of both quotes and paraphrases?
  3. Why and when should a student include a paraphrase in their writing?
  4. Why and when should a student use a direct quote in their writing?
  5. When is it not a good idea to use a paraphrase or quote?

To expand on students’ thinking, here are some extension activities:

  1. Provide students with a simple reading passage, article, or children’s book. Have students create an analysis of the book or passage, with a couple of paraphrases and quotes included from the source.
  2. Display or provide a writing piece with too many quotes and paraphrases. Have students “grade” the writing piece and provide recommendations for improvement.
  3. Introduce how to properly structure in-text and parenthetical citations. Use the MLA style guide and this APA style paper guide on to help!

Feel free to use or post the above, and be on the lookout for more videos to include in your curriculum and enhance your teaching!

Looking for more? Check out our other helpful resources on That includes our plagiarism and grammar checker, as well as our grammar guides. The guides cover what is a verb, a list of adjectives, coordinating and subordinating conjunctions, and more!

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Michele Kirschenbaum

Michele Kirschenbaum is the in-house librarian at EasyBib. You can find her here on Twitter.