Original Ayres Spelling List

This 1,000-word list is divided into 26 sections, each containing words of progressive difficulty. The Extended Ayres list combines some of the sections and adds 500 words. The list can be used as a diagnostic scale to determine grade level. Reading fluency can be expected from children who score at least one grade level above their current grade in school.

A:
me do
B:
and go at on
C:
a it is she can see run
D:
the in so no now man ten bed top
E:
he you will we an my up last not us am good little ago old bad red
F:
of be but this all your out time may into him today look did like six boy book
G:
by have are had over must make school street say come hand ring live kill late let big mother three land cold hot hat child ice play sea
H:
day eat sit lot box belong door yes low soft stand yard bring tell five ball law ask just way get home much call long love then house year to I as send one has some if how her them other baby well about men for ran was that his led lay
I:
nine face miss ride tree sick got north white spent foot blow block spring river plant cut song winter stone free lake page nice end fall feet went back away paper put each soon came Sunday show Monday yet find
give new letter take Mr. after thing what than its very or thank dear west sold told best form far gave alike add
J:
seven forget happy noon think sister cast card south deep inside blue post town stay grand outside dark band game boat rest east son help hard race cover fire age gold read fine cannot May line left ship train saw
pay large near down why bill want girl part still placed report never found side kind life here car word every under most made said work our more when from wind print air fill along lost name room hope same glad with mine
K:
became brother rain keep start mail eye glass party upon two they would any could should city only where week first sent mile seem even without afternoon Friday hour wife state July head story open short lady
reach better water round cost price become class horse care try move delay pound behind around burn camp bear clear clean spell poor finish hurt maybe across tonight tenth sir these club seen felt full fail set stamp light coming cent night pass shut easy
L:
catch black warm unless clothing began able gone suit track watch dash fell fight buy stop walk grant soap news small war summer above express turn lesson half father anything table high talk June right date road March next indeed four herself power wish because world country meet another trip list people ever held church once own before know were dead leave early close flower nothing ground lead such many morning however mind shall alone order third push point within done body
M:
trust extra dress beside teach happen begun collect file provide sight stood fix born goes hold drill army pretty stole income bought paid enter railroad unable ticket account driven real recover mountain steamer speak past might begin contract deal almost brought less event off true took again inform both heart month children build understand follow charge says member case while also return those office great Miss who died change wire few please picture money ready omit anyway
N:
except aunt capture wrote else bridge offer suffer built center front rule carry chain death learn wonder tire pair check prove heard inspect itself always something write expect need thus woman young fair dollar evening plan broke feel sure least sorry press God teacher November subject April history cause study himself matter use thought person nor January mean vote court copy act been yesterday among question doctor hear size December dozen there tax number October reason fifth
O:
eight afraid uncle rather comfort elect aboard jail shed retire refuse district restrain royal objection pleasure navy fourth population proper judge weather worn contain figure sudden forty instead throw personal everything rate chief perfect second slide farther duty intend company quite none knew remain direct appear liberty enough fact board September station attend between public friend during through police until madam truly whole address request raise August Tuesday struck getting don’t Thursday
P:
spend enjoy awful usual complaint auto vacation beautiful flight travel rapid repair trouble entrance importance carried lose fortune empire mayor wait beg degree prison engine visit guest department obtain family favor Mrs. husband amount human view election clerk though o’clock support does regard escape since which length destroy newspaper daughter answer reply oblige sail cities known several desire nearly
Q:
sometimes declare engage final terrible surprise period addition employ property select connection firm region convict private command debate crowd factory publish represent term section relative progress entire president measure famous serve estate remember either effort important due include running allow position field ledge claim primary result Saturday appoint information whom arrest themselves special women present action justice gentleman enclose await suppose wonderful direction forward although prompt attempt whose statement perhaps their imprison written arrange
R:
forenoon lose combination avenue neighbor weight wear entertain salary visitor publication machine toward success drown adopt secure honor promise wreck prepare vessel busy prefer illustrate different object provision according already attention education director purpose common diamond together convention increase manner feature article service injure effect distribute general tomorrow consider against complete search treasure popular Christmas interest
S:
often stopped motion theater improvement century total mention arrive supply assist difference examination particular affair course neither local marriage further serious doubt condition government opinion believe system possible piece certain witness investigate therefore too pleasant
T:
guess circular argument volume organize summon official victim estimate accident invitation accept impossible concern associate automobile various decide entitle political national recent business refer minute ought absence conference Wednesday really celebration folk
U:
meant earliest whether distinguished consideration colonies assure relief occupy probably foreign expense responsible beginning application difficulty scene finally develop circumstance issue material suggest mere senate receive respectfully agreement unfortunate majority elaborate citizen necessary divide
V:
principal testimony discussion arrangement reference evidence experience session secretary association career height
W:
organization emergency appreciate sincerely athletic extreme practical proceed cordially character separate February
X:
immediate convenient receipt preliminary disappoint especially annual committee
Y:
decision principle
Z:
judgment recommend allege

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