The Post-Truth World
ReadOasis Step 2 In November 2016, Donald Trump wrote some strange words on Twitter. He said that "millions of people... voted illegally." He meant that millions voted for Hillary Clinton. But they were not registered to vote, or they were not Americans. Why are these words strange? They are... Read more
The Smartest Dog in the World (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Dr. John Pilley felt miserable. For many years, he worked with Yasha. He worked with Yasha as a scientist, but they were also best friends. As time passed, Yasha became very ill. Dr. Pilley tried to help Yasha, but Yasha didn't get better. Then it happened.... Read more
The Best Things
The following is a summary of a famous quote from Steve Jobs. Usually, people remember the part “Great artists steal.” But this is really about how to make “the best things.” It also shows how Steve Jobs blended the arts and sciences. Simple Version ReadOasis Step 1 It comes... Read more
Little Brothers of the Air (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Many years ago, there was a man named Francis. He lived in a small town in Italy. Francis was kind and loving. He loved animals, especially birds. He called the birds his little brothers of the air. He wanted to protect them and take care of... Read more
The Hills of Hay
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 4             Through all the pleasant meadow-side The grass grew shoulder-high, Till the shining blades went far and wide And cut it down to dry. Those green and sweetly smelling crops They led in wagons home; And they... Read more
Dating Advice from the Rabbi (Step 2)
A Joke Told by Marty Adickman ReadOasis Step 2 So it's Friday night in the synagogue, and during the course of the service, the rabbi standing at the pulpit is looking out over the back of the congregation. And in the very back he sees a young man who's... Read more
The Price of Oil and the Pace of Freedom
Thomas Friedman of the New York Times says this. "As the price of oil goes up, the pace of freedom slows down." How can this be? In 1961, a Wall was built that divided Berlin. It separated East and West Germany. Over the years, hundreds of people tried to... Read more
The Mindset Message (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Some people say that “hard work is more important than innate intelligence.” To test this, researchers gave this message to a group of people. Then something amazing happened. Right after hearing the message, the people showed real changes in their brains. Is this true? Can a... Read more
Sherlock Holmes and the Night Sky
ReadOasis Step 2 Sherlock Holmes was a detective. He had a brilliant mind for solving crimes and mysteries. He worked with his  friend Dr. Watson, a retired army officer. There are many stories about Sherlock Holmes. And they have been made into movies and dramas. The stories were written... Read more
The Story of Cincinnatus
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A long time ago, there was a man named Cincinnatus. He lived on a little farm not far from the city of Rome. For a time in his life, he was rich. He held the highest office in the land. And he was a... Read more
Dear Skeptical Reader!
ReadOasis: So this is our our second question with Dr. Richard Day. And this is from a student, and basically it’s this: What would you say to a student who doesn’t want to do ER because, let’s say, he or she wants to spend more time improving their listening... Read more
Momotaro – The Peach Boy (Step 1)
A Story from Japan ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) Long ago in Japan, there lived a poor old man and woman. The old man often went to the high places to cut grass. The old woman often went to the river to wash clothes. One day, while she was... Read more
Don’t Read = Can’t Read
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) “A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.” Mark Twain Mark Twain in the Tesla Science Lab Mark Twain was the funniest man in America. He went on adventures. He travelled the world. He met presidents and kings. And... Read more
A Humble Ruler
ReadOasis Step 4 A long time ago, there was a man who ruled over the Arab peoples. His name was Raschid. Because he was the ruler and leader, he was called the caliph. One day Raschid made a great feast. The feast was held in the best room of... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason #1 — Ease & Enjoyment
The famous professor of Psychology, B.F. Skinner said, “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love for reading”. I’m Joseph Poulshock, PhD., and I am asking the question, “Why read big?”  Reason number is because of “Ease and Enjoyment”. To learn English, to learn a foreign language... Read more
The King and the Bees
ReadOasis Step 2 One day King Solomon was sitting on his throne. It was a beautiful golden chair made just for him. His great men were standing around him. Suddenly the door was thrown open. The Queen of Sheba came in. "O King," she said, "I rule a country,... Read more
How to Know if a Book’s Level is Right for You
By Randall Short ReadOasis Step 1 At ReadOasis, you can read lots of short stories. Short stories are great because you can read to the end without stopping. You may keep on reading even if the words are difficult and the story is hard to understand. You know that... Read more
Saved by the Belt
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Michelle ran out of the church. She got into her red Porsche, started the engine, and drove away. She turned onto Mulholland Drive and headed west, away from Los Angeles. With the top down, her white wedding veil and black hair blew in the... Read more
The Science of Painful Words (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Many English speaking children know this saying."Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." But it's not true. If we use unkind words with children, it causes them pain. If we call children names, it makes them sad. If we willingly... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason #2 — Big Reading Works!
Time Magazine asked the famous businessman, Bill Gates if he thought reading helped him become more successful. And he said, “Yes absolutely! Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.” My name is Joseph Poulshock aka Dr. Shock, and I’m asking the question, “Why Read... Read more