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Photo Art: Light (3 in a Series)
ReadOasis Step 2 It was a grey and cloudy day. But now, the setting sun shines kindly from below the clouds. For a few moments, the flowers and faces around you glow. The light is soft, warm, and gentle. It is an ideal time of day for taking pictures.... Read more
Experienced in the Blues: Eric Clapton
ReadOasis Step 2 In June 1999, Eric Clapton sold 100 of his guitars. And his 1956 Fender guitar went for the record price of $497,500. In total, the sale brought in $5 million dollars. And Clapton gave the money to a drug and alcohol clinic that he started. After... 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 Biggest Band (Step 2)
By Maria SonoraReadOasis Step 2 Imagine By Diego Torres Silvestre (Creative Commons) It was a hot August night in New York City, 1965. Two thousand policemen were in charge of security. They watched carefully as 55,000 fans filled Shea Stadium. But this was not for a baseball game. This... Read more
The Lord of the Rings
ReadOasis Step 2 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... Read more
The Talented Tyler Perry
ReadOasis Step 2 Diary of a Mad Black Woman by Tyler Perry Tyler Perry is an exceptionally successful and talented playwright, screenwriter, actor, comedian, producer, and director. He is an American, but many Americans do not know who he is. Tyler Perry was born Emmit Perry Junior. During his... Read more
Slumdog Millionaire
ReadOasis Step 2 The film Slumdog Millionaire is about an 18-year-old boy from Mumbai, India. He comes from a poor part of the city. And he wins a large cash prize on a TV game show. But after he wins, he is arrested by the police. The police think... Read more
The Sweet Soup
ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time there was a poor -- but very good little girl. She lived alone with her mother. And when this story begins, they had nothing in the house to eat. And they felt very hungry.  So, the child went out into the forest.... Read more
Alse Young, a Witch?
ReadOasis Step 2 John William Waterhouse - Magic Circle Most people do not know the name Alse Young. She lived in America between 1600 and 1657. At the time, America was still a part of Britain. But the life and death of Alse Young have an important historical meaning.... Read more
An Uncommon Song – Bohemian Rhapsody
ReadOasis Step 2 Ray Foster sat at his big desk. He did not look happy as he said, «Bohemian Rhapsody? What is that?» Freddy said, «It’s a great poem. And we are going to release it as our single for play on the radio.» Foster’s voice got louder. «It... Read more
Music: Good for Your Ears
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Clive Wearing sits at the piano. He stretches out his hands and fingers. He takes a deep breath. Then he begins to play. His fingers strike the keys, and the piano hammers hit the strings. The strings vibrate in beautiful harmony and precise rhythm.... Read more
Drifting Cowboy: Hank Williams
By Maria SonoraReadOasis Step 2(Part 1) By MGM Records via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain) Hank would never make it to the concert. There were too many problems. It was icy cold outside. He sat under a cover in the back of his light blue Cadillac car. He was heading... Read more
Painting Like the Bird Sings
ReadOasis Step 2 “I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” ― Claude Monet A painting of flowers hung on the wall. The colors were soft blue, pink, and green. A man stood beside the work of art. He was wearing a black suit and a red... Read more
Sex, Drugs, Death, and Rock and Roll
ReadOasis Step 2 Wikipedia lists over 100 famous musicians who have died drug related deaths. Maybe fame and fortune forced them to excess. Perhaps the music industry sold them a senseless and crazy image. "Be like me! I'm rich, reckless, and pleasure-seeking. And now I will crash my Ferrari... Read more
Seven Elements of Story Grammar (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Harry looked at his best friends Ron and Hermione. He was not smiling. He was alone at his uncle’s house for the summer. And Harry's uncle, aunt, and cousin were mean. Ron and Hermione stayed with their group of friends, a group that Harry... Read more
Choosing a College
ReadOasis Step 2Adapted from Mahalo.com Mary and Joe are from Portland, Oregon. They are both sixteen years old, and they have many friends. But when they go to college, they may have to leave their hometown and friends. Mary likes the arts, especially music. And Joe likes English, but... Read more
The Life of Vincent van Gogh
ReadOasis Step 2 Every Sunday morning, Vincent would put on his best clothes. When he was ready, he would walk to the small, red brick church where his father was the pastor. On the way, he would pass a burial ground, and he would see stones and grave markers.... Read more
The Best Guitarist: Jimi Hendrix
ReadOasis Step 2 It was the summer of 1967. About 200,000 people came to the small town of Monterey, California. It was time for the Monterey Pop Festival. Over 30 artists were playing 3 days of music. But today, people remember the last night of the show. It was... 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
A Lesson in Manners
ReadOasis Step 2 One morning there was a loud knock at Dean Swift's door. His servant opened it. There was a man outside holding a fat duck that had just been killed. "Here's a present for Dean. It's from Mr. Boyle," the man said. He pushed the bird into... Read more