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Rewordify makes vocabulary building and reading comprehension a cinch

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Aug 29, 2013 6:00:00 AM

vocabulary building reading comprehensionThanks to one of our Edmodo buddies, we just learned about a new vocabulary building and reading comprehension application called Rewordify.

Say your students are reading an article online and find themselves stuck on a difficult paragraph. No problem. All they need to do is copy and paste the paragraph into the yellow box on the Rewordify homepage.

With the click of a button, Rewordify instantly creates an easier version of the original paragraph. Challenging words are “rewordified” and highlighted; now all you need to do is simply hover your mouse over (or finger-tap) the highlighted words to see the original versions. Here’s an example of what Rewordify will do:

Original paragraph:

I am enraptured by enthralling personages, although methinks thou art irked by their pleonastic pontifications. Dictionaries do not suffice for many people. These sentences are eccentric non sequitirs.

Rewordified paragraph:

I am very interested in fascinating people, although I think you are irritated by their overly wordy snobby lectures. Dictionaries are not good enough for many people. These sentences are weird non sequitirs.

Rewordify also allows users to customize settings. Say, for example, that you want to leave the hard words as they are instead of automatically “rewordifying” them. No problem, you have several options:

  • Leave hard words as they are, but highlight and click to see easier words
  • Show the original text with no highlighting (a mouse tap still reveals easier words)
  • Show the original word in purple and the easier word in yellow
If you’re looking for more websites and applications to supplement your reading curriculum, check out a few of our recent blogs, Two essential websites for reading teachers, 5 Simple Ways to Increase Independent Reading Time, and 5 Ways to Become Reacquainted with Your Inner-Reader

 

Tags: reading comprehension, reading strategies, reading comprehension strategy, reading motivation, reading instruction, reading specialist, vocabulary building

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