5 Amazing Facts About Reading
What’s the best way to improve your English? Of course, there are many ways. But big, easy reading is one of the best. And it probably has the most research and evidence to support it. What is big, easy reading? First, you read lots of books and stories. That’s... Read more
Story Power
Dorothy looked up into the sky. And she started to sing. Her soft voice rose up gently in the air. Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue And the dreams that... Read more
Drifting Cowboy: Hank Williams
Hank would never make it to the concert. There were too many problems. It was icy cold outside. He sat under a cover in the back of his light blue Cadillac car. He was heading to the city of Canton, Ohio, to give a big concert on New Year’s... Read more
Grow Your Mindset!
Mike waited and waited. Was it going to be good news or bad news? Who would be in, and who would be out? Would he make the team or not? Finally, the coach put two lists on the door of the school gym. Mike looked at the list for... Read more
The Blues: Music of Survival
Four men were walking across a field. They were carrying a body wrapped up in white cloth. Their strong, black hands and arms supported the body as they walked on. Other men, women, and children walked behind. And the tall green trees listened. They listened to the cries of... Read more
Making Work Fun: The Levity Effect
A manager at a company was interviewing a job candidate. The manager said, “We need a very responsible person for this job. We need someone who can take charge.” The candidate’s eyes lit up, and he responded with great enthusiasm. “Sir, your search ends here! I’m the one. In... Read more
The Seven Habits Made Easy
Max is running late. He hurries out the door of his apartment, holding a cup of coffee. Then he sees his bus. “It’s leaving!” he cries. Max starts to run, but he trips over a rock and falls. His coffee flies out of his hands and spills all over... Read more
Happiness in 59 Seconds (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) Jim sat into a soft, red chair. He looked down, and then he started to cry. “Am I asking too much?” he said. “I just want to be happy.” Dr. Jones gave Jim a box of paper tissues. “Thank you,” said Jim as he... Read more
Sticky Communication
The bell rang. Jim’s things were already in his red book bag, which looked brown under the white lights of the classroom. Zip! Zip! He closed the bag. He stood up and let out a sigh, “Ahhhh.” It was loud enough that other students and the teacher noticed. Jim... Read more
The Boy on Graves-End Road
By Caty Weaver Kelly Ryan was making dinner. Her ten-year-old son Benjamin was watching television in the living room. Or, at least she thought he was. “Benny-boy, do you want black beans or red beans?” “Red beans, Mama.” Ben had come up quietly right behind her. “Don’t do that,... Read more
Is Power Posing Real?
ReadOasis Step 2 As you read or listen to this, what is your body saying? Does your body speak a language? Who does it speak to? We know that body language speaks to others. But some scientists say this. "Your body language speaks to you!" Specifically, your body talks... Read more
Experienced in the Blues: Eric Clapton
ReadOasis Step 2 In June 1999, Eric Clapton sold 100 of his guitars. And his 1956 Fender guitar went for the record price of $497,500. In total, the sale brought in $5 million dollars. And Clapton gave the money to a drug and alcohol clinic that he started. After... Read more
Culture of Innovation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) It was 5 o’clock on a warm summer evening in July 2008. In a busy part of Tokyo, people were leaving their places of work. Some were going home, and others were going out to enjoy the nightlife. It was an ordinary night. But... Read more
Sincerely, Harriet Tubman
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 3 Harriet Tubman circa 1885 Hello. I am Harriet Tubman, formerly a slave in Maryland, but now a free woman. Freedom did not come easily—I only attained it by running away. I do not know why I waited so long to escape. Life on... Read more
A Darning-Needle
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A needle is used for sewing, and a darning needle is used for simple jobs, like fixing holes in socks. In this story, the Darning needle thinks too highly of herself, giving us a story about pride and vanity. There was... Read more
How the Monkey Saved His Troop
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by by Law Keven A mango-tree grew on the bank of a great river. The fruit fell from some of the branches of this tree into the river, and from other branches it fell... Read more
Emotions and Health
ReadOasis Step 3 If you are cheerful, you feel good; if you are sad, you hurt all over. Ancient Jewish Saying. Doctors have thought about the connection between our mental and physical health for centuries. Until the 1800s, most believed that emotions were linked to disease. And doctors advised... Read more
The Deer and the Lion (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 One warm day a Deer went down to a brook to get a drink. The stream was smooth and clear, and he could see himself in the water. He looked at his horns and was very proud of them, for they were large and long and... Read more
High-Powered Learners
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Mia was afraid. A strong wind was blowing in her face. And a loud noise filled her ears. She looked down and saw green fields. Tall trees painted the scene. But they were just little green dots 1,250 feet below. “It’s so pretty,” she... Read more
The Brave Little Scout
ReadOasis Step 3 When Andrew Jackson was a little boy, he lived with his mother. Their home was in South Carolina, in the city of Charleston. He was eight years old when the trouble began. It was called the Revolutionary War. The king of England sent soldiers into every... Read more