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Create Customized Word Lists

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You can customize the way Rewordify.com works, so that it rewords words and phrases within particular articles exactly the way you want! For any article you have shared, you may add a customized word list, which lets you:

  • Add any word or phrase to the list of words and phrases that are reworded, including a definition you enter
  • Change the existing definition of a word or phrase that is currently being reworded
  • Stop any word or phrase from being reworded

The customized word lists will work only for you and for your students, while logged in, and while reading an article you have shared with a customized word list.

Rules and restrictions

It's important to give you the power and flexibility you need to tailor Rewordify.com to your lessons and your students' needs. However, we must protect the site's reputation and the site's users from fun-loving people who would find it hilarious if the site began rewording common words into obscene phrases. Ha, ha! Wouldn't that be funny? Actually, no.

So, the following rules and restrictions are in place:

You CAN:

  • Add a customized word list to a particular article you have already shared. That customized word list will work for you when reading that article and for all of your students when reading that article, if those students are logged in under student accounts you created.
  • Add a different customized word list to each separate article you have already shared. Again, these separate customized word lists will only work for those particular articles, for you and for your logged-in students only.

You CANNOT:

  • Add a customized word list to your User ID generally, so that it is in effect site-wide
  • Change the way the site works for anyone who is not you, who is not a user logged in under a student account you created, and who is not reading an article you shared with a customized word list

Example

Let's say that you shared an article with this original content:

He felt anxiety when the EGR valve failed.

By default, Rewordify.com will change the word anxiety to the phrase fear and stress. It will leave EGR valve alone, so general site users will see:

He felt fear and stress when the EGR valve failed.

You can add a customized word list to the article so that anxiety is no longer reworded, and so that EGR valve is reworded to exhaust gas recirculation valve.

After you do so, both you and your students will see this when reading that article:

He felt anxiety when the exhaust gas recirculation valve failed.

Everyone else will continue to see this when reading that article:

He felt fear and stress when the EGR valve failed.

How to add a customized word list, step-by-step

Follow these steps, and you'll be able to tailor how Rewordify.com works.

Step 1: Log in

Click the Log in link at the top of the page and enter your username and password.

Step 2: Rewordify some text

Enter (or paste) some text into the yellow box on the home page and click Rewordify text. For this example, assume that you entered the following text:

He felt anxiety in the town of Headwaters, when his EGR valve failed near the river's headwaters.

When you click Rewordify text, you'll see this:

original text

Step 3: Share the document

Before creating a customized word list, you must share the document. Above the text, click the Share button:

share button

Fill in all the fields. Choose any share type (public, link-only, or password protected; it doesn't matter which):

share snapshot

At the bottom, click Save document & get sharing link. After you do, you'll see a screen like this that verifies that the document was shared:

saved screen snapshot

It will give you a sharing link, but you can ignore that for now.

Step 4: Open the document for editing

Near the top of the page, click My Learning / My Documents:

my learning/my documents button

Then, click the Documents button:

documents button

You'll see a list of all the documents you've shared. Locate the document to which you want to add a customized word list, and click the document's blue link to edit it:

edit link snapshot

When you do, you'll see the document editing screen:

edit screen snapshot

Scroll down to the bottom two fields: Customized Stop Words and Customized Added Words.

Step 5: Create the customized word list

The bottom two fields of the edit screen, Customized Stop Words and Customized Added Words, are where you customize how Rewordify.com "rewords" and teaches this particular article for you and for anyone logged in under a student account you created. Here's how those fields work:

Customized Stop Words: This field has two choices, to give you the greatest flexibility and save you time:

Option: Stop Rewording These Words
stop rewording these words
Selecting this option tells the site to NOT reword the words in the list you enter. This option is better if you have a document where most of the words are being reworded OK, but there are a small number of words that you don't want to have reworded.

Option: Reword Only These Words
reword only these words
Let's say that you have a long document with a lot of difficult words that are being reworded, but you only want a small number of them to reword and be part of a Learning Session. If you click this option, enter the words that you do want to be reworded—the site will not reword any words except the words in the list you enter.

The Stop Words field and options only control words that the site normally rewords by default. If you want to add a totally new word or phrase to the site with your own definition, use the Customized Added Words field (below).

Customized Added Words: Words and phrases entered in this field will always rewordify for you and your students with the definitions you specify as they read this article. You must enter word=definition pairs, separated by commas (example below). The words and definitions are case-sensitive, so enter capitalized and non-capitalized versions as needed.

NOTE: Customized Added Words that you add will not be spoken by the site; in other words, when you click on the word or the definition, no voice will speak those words. If you want your customized added words and their definitions to speak, please click the "contact us" link at the bottom of any page and tell us the words and definitions you want spoken. We'll add them to the Voice Library, usually within 24 to 48 hours.

To change a definition: To change the definition of a word, first enter it in the Customized Stop Words field, then enter it again in the Customized Added Words field with the definition you want.

TIP: You can get a list of all the words in an article currently being reworded by default. Simply rewordify the article, click Print / Learning activities, and select Vocabulary list without definitions to print the default vocabulary list.

Example 1 of 2

Let's look again at the example near the top of this help page. The sentence:

He felt anxiety in the town of Headwaters, when his EGR valve failed near the river's headwaters.

has some problems when it rewordifies to:

He felt fear and stress in the town of (beginning point of a river), when his EGR valve failed near the river's (beginning point of a river).

Let's say you want to make the following changes:

  • You don't want the word anxiety to rewordify.
  • You want to reword the word town to small city.
  • The first instance of Headwaters is the name of a city, and you don't want that to rewordify.
  • You want to rewordify EGR valve to exhaust gas recirculation valve.
  • You want the second instance of headwaters to rewordify as water source.

So, you want the sentence to rewordify to:

desired result

Here is what you need to enter in each field in order to get this result:

target entries

Explanation

In the Customized Stop Words field:

  • You selected the Stop Rewording These Words option.
  • You entered anxiety and Anxiety because you don't want that word to ever rewordify in this article, regardless of whether it's capitalized or not capitalized.
  • You entered Headwaters (captalized) because you don't want the capitalized version of that word to be reworded.
  • You entered headwaters (not capitalized) because you want to redefine it in the field below. Words you want to redefine must first be entered here, in the Stop Words field, and then redefined in the (below) Added Words field.
  • You separated all words with a comma.

In the Customized Added Words field:

  • You entered town=small city because you want the word town to be reworded to small city, but only if town is uncapitalized.
  • You did the same thing with EGR valve=exhaust gas recirculation valve to reword and teach that term.
  • You entered headwaters=water source (uncapitalized) because you ONLY want the uncapitalized version of the word headwaters to reword to water source.
  • You separated all words from their definitions with an equals sign.
  • You separated all word=definition pairs with a comma.
Example 2 of 2

Let's say that you had a longer document with many difficult words (the site's display mode was set to Display hard word and easier word inline on the Settings page for this screenshot):

longer document

For your assignment, you only want to focus on and teach three words: counterpoise, obedience, and reverence. You don't want to reword any other words. Select the option Reword only these words and enter the words on which you want to focus for the lesson:

stop all words but these words

Scroll to the bottom and click Save changes. Then, you and your students will see this when they view the article:

longer document

Notice that only the three words you entered are being reworded. Also notice the purple bar near the top: only those three words will be taught in the Learning Session.

Step 6: Save changes

At the bottom of the edit screen, click Save changes.

Step 7: Double-check the effect of your customized word list

While you're logged in, do this:

  • First: Click on the My Learning / My Documents link near the top of any page:

    my learning/my documents button
  • Then: Click the Documents button:

    documents button
  • Then: Click the blue link next to the document to which you just added a customized word list:

    edit link snapshot
  • Then: Look at the top of the document editing screen and "Copy" the Permanent Link at the top:

    edit screen snapshot

  • Then: Open a new browser window or tab. Check to be sure you're still logged in (your user name should appear near the top.) "Paste" the article's Permanent Link into the browser address bar, and press Enter. The article will be reworded using your customized word list.
  • (Optional): Log out. Log in as one of your students. "Paste" that Permanent Link into the browser address bar and press Enter. The article will be reworded using your customized word list. Log out. Log back in as yourself.
  • Last: Log out. Then, "Paste" the Permanent Link into the browser address bar and press Enter. The article will not use your customized word list when being reworded.
Questions? Problems? Suggestions?

Please contact us with any questions and we'll try to help you. Happy rewordifying!

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Rewordify.com is a sublime web site that expedites learning in myriad ways. It helps with reading betterment, and it invites discourse on more topics.

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Rewordify.com is a sublime web site that expedites learning in myriad ways. It helps with reading betterment, and it invites discourse on more topics.

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