The Dead Wife
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time there were a man and his wife who lived in the forest, very far from the rest of their tribe. They often spent the day hunting together. But after awhile, the wife had so many other things to do... Read more
The Seven Habits Made Easy
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) 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... Read more
Two Great Painters
ReadOasis Step 2 There once was a painter named Zeuxis. He could paint life-like pictures. People often mistook his pictures for the real things which they represented. At one time he painted the picture of some fruit. It seemed so real that birds flew down and tried to eat... Read more
Burning Fields of Rice (Step 3)
A Retelling of a Traditional Story ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once there was a good old man who lived up on a mountain in Japan. All round his little house the mountain was flat and the ground was fertile. On this lovely piece of land grew wonderful fields... Read more
The Stolen Plow
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 At one time there were two traders who were great friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a large town nearby. One day the village trader took his plow to the large town... 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
ReadOasis Step 4 Confucius (551-478 BC) was a great Chinese philosopher and educator whose teachings formed the basis for Chinese education, ethics, and social life. His style was similar to Socrates. He tended not to give long explanations on different topics. Rather, he asked questions and challenged people to... 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
Skill with Numbers = Wealth?
From Science Daily (November 10, 2010) summarized at ReadOasis Step 2 A new study in the United States found an interesting result about skill with numbers.This skill is called numeracy. Some married couples scored well on a simple numeracy test. These couples gained more wealth by middle age than... Read more
A Library in Your Bag: The Kindle
ReadOasis Step 2 An e-book is an electronic book. People can read e-books on personal computers and mobile phones. A special machine also exists just for e-reading. It is called an e-book reader. The Sony Reader is one popular e-reader. But in November 2007, created an e-reader, too. It... Read more
Genius for Melody
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) On June 2, 2010, President Barack Obama stood on a small stage in the White House. In the audience sat a mix of elite leaders and famous musicians. The President was about to give America’s highest award for popular music to Paul McCartney of the... Read more
Grace Darling
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Courtesy of RNLI/Grace Darling Museum It was a cold autumn day—windy, gray, and rainy. Like most stormy days in the north of England, the wind and rain came hard. People hurried through gray village streets in dark coats, holding onto their hats. Sharp sheets... Read more
Atheism in the News
ReadOasis Step 2 Atheism is the belief that God does not exist. An atheist does not believe in God. Recently, atheism has become a topic in the news. This is because famous authors have written books on the topic. For example, Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens have sold well... Read more
What Makes People Happy?
ReadOasis Step 2 What makes people happier: money or having happy friends and neighbors? Researchers from Harvard University and UC San Diego, found an interesting answer to this question. Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler studied the emotional health of almost 5000 people. They used information gathered from a period... Read more
The 5 Minute Drill
ReadOasis Step 3 Creative Commons Photo by William Warby How can teachers help students read more and feel more like reading. Try the five minute drill! This activity helps readers avoid procrastination and kickstart their reading behavior. Readers act as if they are interested and motivated to read by... Read more
Why Ban Smoking in Public?
ReadOasis Step 2 More than twenty US states ban smoking in public places. And many countries around the world also have similar bans. A new study shows the strongest evidence yet that smoke-free laws can reduce heart disease, which is a major effect of tobacco smoke. The study took... Read more
Rappaccini’s Daughter
By Nathaniel Hawthorne ReadOasis Step 3 Many years ago, a young man named Giovanni Guasconti left his home in Naples to study in northern Italy. He rented a small room on the top floor of a dark, ancient palace. Long ago, the building had belonged to a noble family.... Read more
Big Time Car Trouble
ReadOasis Step 2 US car makers are in serious trouble. Their sales fell about 35% in January compared with last year. Ford Motor Company sales dropped 42%. General Motors reported a 49% drop. But Chrysler was hardest hit. Their sales went down 55%. This decline in sales is not... Read more
Sincerely, Mother Teresa
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 2 Mother Teresa in 1986 (Image Wikipedia) It was pouring rain. I was walking to a store, and as I did, I passed by a man. A homeless man for sure. He was huddled under a bench, trying to shield himself from the rain... Read more
A Hero of Legend
By James Baldwin ReadOasis Step 3 Winkelried's Deed by Konrad Grob A great army was marching into Switzerland. If it marched much farther, there would be no driving it out again. The soldiers would burn the towns. They would rob the farmers of their grain and sheep. They would... Read more