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First in Flight
ReadOasis Step 1 They wanted to make a new kind of machine. It was something that had never been made before. They needed a new kind of engine. But no one would build it for them, so they built it themselves. They needed new information, so they did thousands... 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
The Lion and the Mouse (Step 1)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 It was a dark night, deep in the Gir Woods of India. A great Lion was sleeping under a big tree. A sound like the wind came from his mouth and nose. And every time he opened an eye, all the animals stopped and... Read more
The Best Things — Steve Jobs
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
The Rich Lawyer
ReadOasis Step 1 The United Way is a group that helps people. The United Way might call you. And they might ask you for a donation of money. Your donation might help build a school in the Philippines. It might help train people for work in the United States.... Read more
Bartleby
By Herman Melville ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) I am an old lawyer. I have three men who work for me. My business grew, so I hired one more man to help write legal papers. I have met a great many people in my life. But the man who... Read more
Number 42 (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) A man stepped onto the baseball field. He walked across the green field. His black hands held onto a white baseball bat. He set his blue hat to keep the sun from his eyes. And as he stepped up to home base, he looked... Read more
On the Road Again (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Little Willie was born into hard times. On October 29, 1929, the American economy went bad. It was called Black Tuesday. Many people lost all their money. By Willie’s day of birth in 1933, around 25% of Americans had lost their jobs. People were hopeless, poor,... Read more
The Oldest People on Earth
ReadOasis Step 1 Many, many years ago, Egypt was the greatest country in the world. It was a beautiful land. It had a beautiful river called the Nile. Egypt had many great cities. There were also many large fields of grain. There was also much fine grass for sheep... Read more
The Farmer and the Birds
ReadOasis Step 1 By Aesop A Mother Bird made her house in a field. And the field was full of green wheat. As days passed, the wheat grew taller and taller. And her baby Birds became bigger and stronger. As summer ended, the wheat turned the color of gold.... Read more
Doctor Goldsmith
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) There was once a kind man whose name was Oliver Goldsmith. Goldsmith had a gentle heart. He was always ready to help others. He was happy to share with them anything that he had. He had no family. So the people of his town... Read more
Simple Steps for Learning English
By Ashley J. Hastings, PhD President, Global Language Education Service, Inc. Many people around the world are studying English. They need English to succeed in work, school, or relationships. Common sense tells us that we can learn to read a language more quickly if we can already understand it well.... Read more
The Wolf in a Sheep’s Suit
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) "A Hungry Wolf by Bruce McKay" The wolf was hungry. He hadn't eaten in days. He looked around the forest, but he could not find any food. He chased after a rabbit, but the rabbit got away. He saw a deer and ran after... Read more
The Cake
By Laura RichardsReadOasis Step 1 A child argued with his brother one day about a cake. “It is my cake!” said the child. “No, it is mine!” said his brother. “You shall not have it!” said the child. “Give it to me this minute!” And he fell upon his... Read more
Meaning to Live (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Viktor had just married Tilly. She was the love of his life. He was a young doctor in Vienna, Austria. Viktor and Tilly expected a good future together. But Nazi Germany was in control of Austria, and Viktor and Tilly were Jewish. In September of 1942,... Read more
The Second Chance
ReadOasis Step 1 Sam woke up when his car flew off the road. He heard the sound of breaking glass. He saw the starry sky. It appeared and disappeared as his car rolled over and over and over.  Then with a loud crash, the car hit a tree. Sam... Read more
He Carried the Bird (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 John Marshall by Henry Inman It was a cool morning in the city of Richmond, Virginia. The streets started to fill up with people. They were going in and out of shops, doing their morning shopping. An old man went into the market to buy something.... Read more
The Funniest Cup of Coffee
ReadOasis Step 1 What happened to Mr. Bean's morning cup of coffee? Mr Bean looks at the clock. He sees that he is running late. He hurries to make his coffee, but he accidentally breaks his coffee cup. He looks around to find another cup, but there isn't one.... Read more
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
Big Reading — The Clearest Explanation
By Joseph Poulshock, PhDEditor, ReadOasis.com "What?" said my friend. "Extensive reading? That's too hard and boring. Students want to speak English -- not read. Students don't read, and they don't like it. Reading is over and cancelled!" Have you heard words like these? I have! But these strong words... Read more