Rewordify.com helps you understand more of what you read, faster. It translates hard English into easier English.
Sarah McElrath's insight:
This is an interesting site. You can put in text or a website and it will simplify the reading. It also has many of the classics rewordified. I have some mixed feelings on this -- the richness of the language (part of what makes a book a classic) is lost. Still, for understanding, it is helpful.
This site even includes popular titles -- such as Divergent--although to get the whole download, you need to pay. Could be helpful for "selling" the book to students. Read the first few chapters to hook them.
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