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Welcome to The Key Words Way!

Are you an older reader who has trouble reading?

Are you an older person wanting to read English?


At The Key Words Way, our desire is to help you to read and achieve 1,000 words and more quickly and easily.


How do we do it?

First 100 key wordsFirst 100 key words

We use the most frequently used 1,000 words in the English language to do this. We term these 1,000 words as 'key words'.

Researchers Fry, Kress & Fountoukidis have grouped these 1,000 key words into 10 blocks of 100 key words. From their research, we know that the first block of 100 key words make up half (50%) of all those words that we read and write.

The Key Words Way develops these 10 blocks of 100 key words into 10 blocks of short stories.

The first block, known as the '100 series' uses the first block of 100 key words. Then the second block, known as the '200 series' uses the second block of 100 key words as well as the words from the first block. This is how we build up each block of short stories.

Each block of short stories also has new words added to them. These new words are outside the 1,000 key words and will  introduce extra words for you to read and understand.

As you read each block, you will gain more and more words. 

At the end of the eighth block or '800 series', you will have achieved 2,011 words.

Please note that we are still developing the rest of the blocks of short stories.


Our short stories

Example of a short storyExample of a short story






Our stories have outcomes and predictions. The stories are about the things that can happen to us and or the things that we do in our lives. These stories are short, simple and easy to read.

We start with the first block of 100 key words and we also introduce new words to the story. The new words are underlined and we also illustrate the story with drawings.

If you would like to find out more about our stories, our first story '100A Call for Help' is available FREE at no cost to you from our Online Resources page. It is our gift to you.





Where to get the 1,000 key words

The 10 blocks of 100 key words may be sourced from The Reading Teacher’s Book of Lists by Fry, Kress & Fountoukidis (at a cost), online (by searching for Fry's 100 words) or FREE from our Online Resources page at no cost.


Who will benefit

The short stories are designed for middle primary school students, high school students as well as adults who are learning to read English and or to improve their reading skills. These resources may also be useful to tutors, teachers, parents and friends who are looking for short simple easy reading stories for improving literacy. 


How to use these resources

Read the relevant key words first and then read the stories. 

You can use a text-to-speech software as well as a dictionary to help your pronunciation and comprehension.

Read the notes in each story to learn more.

Last updated 23/10/2019