Sunday, January 15, 2017

Rewordify (free, online reading comprehension and vocabulary development software)

Rewordify lets users:

The site lets teachers:
  • begin using the site in the classroom right now with the help of ready-to-use lesson plans (aligned to Common Core standards): no purchase orders or technology approvals needed
  • guide and coordinate learning by saving any text passage with one click, allowing learners around the world to get to assemble their own collections of learning materials, individualized for their learners and differentiated by readiness and interest
  • quickly create vocabulary activities and quizzes from any high-interest reading passage or web page, for more engaging learning
  • instantly obtain a Reading Level Analysis for any passage, for effective differentiation by readiness.
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    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    Free Plain English interactive exercises

    Plain Language, Plain English, Clear Writing exercises and resources (419 exercises total)

    Plain English interactive exercises for seminars (108 exercises total)

    Note: These exercises were created using Hot Potatoes v. 6.3, a freeware from the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

    Monday, January 9, 2017

    Be a better writer or editor using StyleWriter 4

    StyleWriter 4 checks 10,000 words in 12 seconds for hundreds of style and English usage issues like wordy and complex sentences, passive voice, nominalization, jargon, clichés, readability, spelling, etc.  Watch the video demo of StyleWriter 4 features.

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    StyleWriter 4 graphs your style and sentence variety, and identifies your writing habits to give an instant view of your writing. You can learn to adjust your writing style to suit your audience and task. You can learn, for example, the writing style of Newsweek, Time, The Economist, and Scientific American. 

    StyleWriter 4 is widely used in the US federal government (for example, the Environmental Protection Agency). It can be used by educators, students, and professionals in various fields — business, law, social or physical science, medicine, nursing, engineering, public relations, human resources, journalism, accounting, etc. It comes with three versions: USA, UK, and Australian.

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    StyleWriter 4 provides 50 times more editing advice than MS Word's proofreading tools. Learn more about StyleWriter 4. You can also download PDF guide to StyleWriter 4 and testimonials from the Halifax  Bank of Scotland, London-based law firm Denton Wilde & Sapte, and County of Los Angeles, USA.