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Welcome to The Key Words Way!

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We use the term 'key words' to mean the most frequently used 1000 words in the English language.

Researchers Fry, Kress & Fountoukidis have grouped these 1000 key words into 10 blocks of 100 words. From their research, we know that the first 100 key words make up half of all those words that we read and write.

The Key Words Way develops these frequently used words into simple short stories.


Our short stories

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

We start with the first 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.

It is the desire of The Key Words Way to help you achieve 1000 words and beyond quickly and easily.



Where to get the 1000 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. 


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.