Sticky Communication
The bell rang. Jim’s things were already in his red book bag, which looked brown under the white lights of the classroom. Zip! Zip! He closed the bag. He stood up and let out a sigh, “Ahhhh.” It was loud enough that other students and the teacher noticed. Jim... Read more
The Boy on Graves-End Road
By Caty Weaver Kelly Ryan was making dinner. Her ten-year-old son Benjamin was watching television in the living room. Or, at least she thought he was. “Benny-boy, do you want black beans or red beans?” “Red beans, Mama.” Ben had come up quietly right behind her. “Don’t do that,... Read more
5 Amazing Facts About Reading
What’s the best way to improve your English? Of course, there are many ways. But big, easy reading is one of the best. And it probably has the most research and evidence to support it. What is big, easy reading? First, you read lots of books and stories. That’s... Read more
Story Power
Dorothy looked up into the sky. And she started to sing. Her soft voice rose up gently in the air. Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue And the dreams that... Read more
Drifting Cowboy: Hank Williams
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 to the city of Canton, Ohio, to give a big concert on New Year’s... Read more
Grow Your Mindset!
Mike waited and waited. Was it going to be good news or bad news? Who would be in, and who would be out? Would he make the team or not? Finally, the coach put two lists on the door of the school gym. Mike looked at the list for... Read more
The Blues: Music of Survival
Four men were walking across a field. They were carrying a body wrapped up in white cloth. Their strong, black hands and arms supported the body as they walked on. Other men, women, and children walked behind. And the tall green trees listened. They listened to the cries of... Read more
The Seven Habits Made Easy
Max is running late. He hurries out the door of his apartment, holding a cup of coffee. Then he sees his bus. “It’s leaving!” he cries. Max starts to run, but he trips over a rock and falls. His coffee flies out of his hands and spills all over... 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
Gratitude Attitude
By Dr. Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 This exercise is all about the power of gratitude. Research shows that thinking about aspects of your life for which you’re grateful will make you feel happier. So spend a few moments thinking about just one thing for which you have a... Read more
One Thousand Dollars
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) "One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman. His voice was severe and serious. "And here is the money.” Young Gill touched the thin package of fifty-dollar bills and laughed. "It's such a strange amount," he explained to the lawyer. His face... Read more
A Coach for Life (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) 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, UCLA did not... Read more
Is Power Posing Real?
ReadOasis Step 2 As you read or listen to this, what is your body saying? Does your body speak a language? Who does it speak to? We know that body language speaks to others. But some scientists say this. “Your body language speaks to you!” Specifically, your body talks... Read more
The Luck of Roaring Camp
By Bret Harte ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Roaring Camp was the noisiest gold mining town in California. More than one-hundred men from every part of the United States had come to that little camp. They stopped there for a short time on their way to getting rich. Many... 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 Crow and the Glass
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 It was high noon. The sun burned bright and hot in the sky. The ground was baked and dry. In the burning heat, a Crow was standing on the hard ground. He tried to move his wings, but he could not fly. In fact,... 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
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
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
High-Powered Learners
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Mia was afraid. A strong wind was blowing in her face. And a loud noise filled her ears. She looked down and saw green fields. Tall trees painted the scene. But they were just little green dots 1,250 feet below. "It's so pretty," she... Read more