The Best Thing for a King

the best thing for a kingOur first Children’s story is specially written for Beginner level learners. It tells of an aging king who sends his three sons out into the world to bring back the best thing they can find to give to a king. The winner gets to be the next king, as well as to keep the things that his brothers bring back. Can you guess what the winning thing will be?

This story is very useful for lower level readers because it contains all of the important . Children’s stories are a great way to learn these words because they usually appear more often than in other kinds of writing. Over 80% of the words in this story are forms of Dolch Sight Words.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Beginner Level Simplified English story which are not in our 400 word list are: , , , , , and .

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(n: Dolch Sight Words) Way back in 1936, researcher Dr Edward Dolch came up with a list of 220 "service words" that are essential for children to recognize immediately in order to achieve reading fluency. These words, many of which cannot be 'sounded out', normally represent over 50% of any given text. Because the most basic vocabulary of the English language has not changed over the years, this list is still commonly used today as a basis for teaching early stage reading.

haystack(n: haystack pl haystacks) A large pile of grass or other plants cut for use as food for farm animals etc. [hay], especially one left in a field to dry. 10000

meet(v: meet, meets, met, meeting) To see and speak to (someone) for the first time. 1000

ship(n: ship pl ships) A large boat used for traveling long distances over the sea. 2000

son(n: son pl sons) A male child when spoken of in relation to his parents. (ลูกชาย) 1000

town(n: town pl towns) A place where people live that is smaller than a city but larger than a village. (เขตเมือง) 1000

wing(n: wing pl wings) One of the arm-like parts of a bird, bat or insect that are used for flying. (ปีก) 2000

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