Teacher Review for Rewordify

Simplify or Elaborate Texts to Differentiate Reading

Eric W.
Classroom teacher
West Ottawa High School Campus
Holland, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have a high population of ELL in my school. I use Rewordify to help my students approach challenging literature. For example, we just finished reading Frankenstein (which happens to be in the Rewordify library). This site offers students an elaborated text (difficult words followed by easier synonyms in brackets) and simplified versions (text reworded for easier comprehension). Using this tool allows struggling readers to complete the same literature at a more appropriate level. If your reading is not part of the Rewordify library, you can cut-and-paste selections into the window on the homepage and use the same tools. It's not just an easier read, though. Rewordify also allows students to click on a word for a definition and/or to match the word that was changed with the original text. Students can also practice their vocabulary. Rewordify will create vocabulary challenges and flash cards (based on a selected text) to practice matching words with the correct definition and usage. Students are rewarded with stars and learning points to somewhat gamify the experience. I use this with my lower literacy/ELL students, but more advanced students could also benefit from the vocabulary building tools.
My Take
Rewordify is a great tool to help differentiate reading and build vocabulary for every student. The extensive library and cut-and-paste options make it easy to adjust your classroom readings for students at every level. I like the settings options that allow me to adjust the readings to five levels of difficulty as well as how the text is changed. I can choose to have difficult words replace (click on them to see the original) or highlighted (click to see the definition). I prefer to have the original with a simplified word in brackets after it. I can also have the two versions displayed side-by-side or just have a column of vocabulary words and definitions. I just received some PD about reaching my ELL students. I realized the need to provide alternate readings so I can assess if they are having issues at the vocabulary level or at the content comprehension level. Rewordify makes it a ton easier to offer adjusted readings at just the right level. (I also love that it's a free tool.) I haven't experimented with creating a class yet, but I'm excited to try it soon. Rewordify allows teachers to create a class and enroll their students. The teacher can assign reading and follow the students' progress. It'll even create a chart of their vocabulary progress. The user interface is pretty easy to use, but it is a very dry, uninteresting page. It's clear the designers have worked hard to make a utilitarian, no-frills resource without much concern for eye-catching graphics.