Improve Your Word Power
ReadOasis Step 1 So you want to improve your word power. But what words should you learn first? You can waste time learning uncommon words first. But it’s smart to learn the most common words at the beginning. The top 2,000 words of English make up 80% of all... Read more
This Old Man
A Traditional Children's Song ReadOasis Step 1 This old man, he played one, He played knick knack with his thumb, With a *knick, knack, paddy whack, Give the dog a bone; This old man came rolling home. This old man, he played two, He played knick knack with my... Read more
Three Questions
By Leo Tolstoy ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) One day, a king had a great idea. He thought that there were three things he should know to be successful. He should always know the right time to begin everything. He should always know who to listen to, and who... Read more
Henry Ward Beecher, Friend of Slaves (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 On February 5, 1860, a strange slave auction was held. The place was Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. But this auction was backwards. Church members were buying the freedom of a real slave. On that day, the church raised $900, and they purchased a slave... Read more
TOEFL and IELTS
ReadOasis Step 2 Most serious learners of English know about the TOEFL. But did you know that many American colleges and universities accept two major English tests? First, they accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL. And second, they accept the International English Language Testing... Read more
The Open Boat
By Stephen Crane ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Click to buy the book at Amazon The small lifeboat bounced from wave to wave in the rough Atlantic sea. The four men in the boat could not see the sky. The waves rose too high. The waves had white tops... Read more
Awarding Excellence: The Pulitzer Prize
ReadOasis Step 3 The Color Purple is a book about a black woman named Celie. The story tells of her life and struggles, as she grew up in the Southern United States during the 1930s. The book was written by Alice Walker. And the movie version was directed by... Read more
Roentgen and the Discovery of X-rays
ReadOasis Step 2 When she saw her the bones in her hand she said "I have seen my death!" Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) was a German scientist who discovered x-rays. This was a great advance for physics and medicine, and it earned Roentgen the Nobel Prize in 1901. In November 1895,... Read more
The Gutenberg Revolution
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Johannes Gutenberg was in trouble. He borrowed money from investors, but he was about to lose it. He promised to make a special kind of mirror and sell lots of them. The mirrors were unusual. It was said that they could capture the holy... Read more
The Red-Bud Tree
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time four young princes heard a story about a certain wonderful tree, called the Red-Bud Tree. No one of them had ever seen a Red-Bud Tree, and each prince wished to be the first to see... Read more
The Motown Sound (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 You don't know soul music if you don't know the Motown sound. Motown is a record company from Detroit Michigan. And one of the greatest Motown artists of all time is Stevie Wonder. Wonder has sold over 100,000,000 records and won 25 Grammy Awards. But he... Read more
A Coach for Life (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Coach John Wooden The students looked at the score of the game. And they could not believe their eyes. But the numbers still read Notre Dame - 71, UCLA - 70. It was impossible, even unbelievable. Between January 30, 1971, and January 17, 1974,... Read more
Why Study History?
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 2 Why should we study history? Why should we learn about the past? What does history have to do with our lives today? These are questions that many people have about history. And it's okay to ask them. Questions like these bother a lot... Read more
Just Kidding?
ReadOasis Step 2 A young engineer just finished his studies. And he was looking for work. He got an interview at General Electric (GE), one of the biggest companies in the world. The interview went well. But at the end, the man from GE said, "Let me ask you... Read more
Diego Velázquez, Painter of Painters
By David Bello ReadOasis Step 2 Diego Velázquez (June 6, 1599 – to August 6, 1660) is one of the greatest painters of all time. With great skill he mixed color, light, space, and the rhythm of lines. He created scenes of historical and cultural significance. And he painted... Read more
The Wise Goat and the Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time, many, many wild Goats lived in a cave in the side of a hill. A Wolf lived with his mate not far from this cave. Like all Wolves they liked the taste of Goat-meat. So... 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
Hansel and Gretel
By the Brothers Grimm ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A long time ago, there lived a poor wood cutter and his wife. The wood cutter had two children from his first marriage. His little boy was called Hansel, and his little girl was named Gretel. The family lived near... Read more
The As If Principle
By Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 3 In 1884, the great American Philosopher William James had a radical idea. James argued that if you behave as if you’re a certain type of person, you become that person. Decades of research has shown that James’s idea applies to all aspects of... Read more
The Singularity (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Ashley was born on March 7, 2027. It's her birthday today, and she is 18 years old. Her birthday present will be a new computer. Her budget is 1,000 dollars, and today (March 7, 2045), this money will buy her a very powerful machine. In fact,... Read more