Don’t Read = Can’t Read
By Joseph Poulshock, PhD ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” Mark Twain Mark Twain was the funniest man in America. He went on adventures. He travelled the world. He met presidents and kings. And he told great... Read more
The Lord of the Rings
The One Ring was power, and the Council had it. If a man wore it, he could control the world. But the Ring's power came from Sauron. His power -- in the ring -- would destroy you. And his power would destroy all goodness. The Council had to decide... Read more
The Midnight Ride
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The midnight ride of Paul Revere happened a long time ago. At that time, America was ruled by the king of Great Britain. There were thousands of British soldiers in Boston. The king sent them there to make the people obey his laws. But... Read more
Photo Art: Composition (1 in a Series)
ReadOasis Step 2 Cameras and photos are everywhere today. For example, Flickr is a photo sharing site. People put thousands of photos on Flickr every minute. And some of these photos are excellent. The photographer Ansel Adams once said this. "You don't take a photograph, you make it." This... Read more
Newton’s Apple
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons photo by Kevin Bedel A light wind blew through the garden and shook the trees. From one tree, an apple fell and hit the ground. Isaac heard the sound, and it disturbed his thoughts. At the time, he was walking in his... Read more
The Trial of Galileo
ReadOasis Step 2 It was the middle of winter. Galileo was old, weak, and sick. But he had to make the 200 mile (320 kilometer) trip to Rome in the cold. Why all this trouble? The Head of the Roman Church said so. Galileo must go on trial for... Read more
Foreign Lands
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 2 Up into the cherry tree Who should climb but little me? I held the tree with both my hands And looked abroad in foreign lands. I saw the next door garden lie, Graced with flowers, before my eye, And many pleasant places... Read more
The Stone Baby
ReadOasis Step 2 The Stone Baby was lonesome. He looked over the cold, gray city from the side of a great building. But he could not move. This was the place where he had to stay forever. Then he said to himself: "When it was summer, I could see... Read more
The Teacher Man (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Part 1 Image from Wikipedia Frank McCourt stood in front of his classroom. Even after thirty years of teaching, it still was not an easy job. In fact, nothing in his life had been easy. When he travelled from Ireland to America at the age of... Read more
The Dangers of March 15 (The Ides of March)
ReadOasis Step 2 The leaders of Rome were not happy with Julius Caesar. He had become too powerful. Caesar had refused the title of king. But he had become ruler for life. He had even put his image on Roman coins. And this was an honor only for the... Read more
A Wee (Wii) Gaming Machine
ReadOasis Step 2 Nintendo makes video games and gaming machines. It is one of the largest gaming companies in the world. Nintendo's popularity took off in 2006 with the release of the Nintendo Wii. The portable Nintendo DS is also extremely popular. In 2007, the company had an income... Read more
The Deer and the Lion (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 One warm day a Deer went down to a river to get a drink. The water was smooth, cool, and clear, and he could see himself in it. The Deer looked at his horns in the reflection and felt pride. He said to himself, "My horns... Read more
A Great King of Baseball: Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron's 755th Home run ball by Dan Gaken (CC) Hank Aaron was born on February 5, 1934, in Mobile Alabama (USA). He was one of seven children. Aaron grew up poor, but he loved baseball. He started playing professional baseball with the Mobile Black Bears in the Negro... Read more
The Young Cupbearer
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Long ago, there lived in Persia a little prince whose name was Cyrus. He was not spoiled like many other princes. Although his father was a king, Cyrus was brought up like the son of a common man. He knew how to work with... Read more
The Golden Goose
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time there was a Goose who had beautiful golden feathers. Not far away from this Goose lived a very poor woman, who had two daughters. The Goose saw that they had a hard time to get... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Doctor Harry Harlow made a difficult puzzle. At least he thought it was difficult. On a block of wood, he placed a metal catch called a hinge. A hinge is a piece of metal joined to a door. It allows the door to open... Read more
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Thomas Edison with Phonograph ReadOasis Step 2 Mary Had a Little Lamb" is a famous children's song. It was written by Sarah Hale and first published on May 24, 1830. The song is based on real events. There was a girl named Mary Sawyer. She had a pet lamb,... Read more
Jumping Frog
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A friend of mine in the East asked me to visit old Simon Wheeler. He wanted me to ask about his friend, Leonard W. Smiley. I did as my friend asked, and I found Simon Wheeler sleeping by the stove in... Read more
Are Lectures Effective? (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The teacher stood in front of the class. He put his notes on a tall stand. The stand was in the middle of the room, and the teacher could move around behind it. As he faced the class, there were many windows on his... Read more
Master of Words: Bob Dylan
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It was January 1961. In the cold north of Minnesota, a young man of 19 years packed his bags. He was going to New York City. By car, the trip would take over 18 hours. And he was travelling by his thumb. In other... Read more