Dating Advice from the Rabbi (Step 2)
A Joke Told by Marty Adickman ReadOasis Step 2 So it's Friday night in the synagogue, and during the course of the service, the rabbi standing at the pulpit is looking out over the back of the congregation. And in the very back he sees a young man who's... Read more
The Price of Oil and the Pace of Freedom
Thomas Friedman of the New York Times says this. "As the price of oil goes up, the pace of freedom slows down." How can this be? In 1961, a Wall was built that divided Berlin. It separated East and West Germany. Over the years, hundreds of people tried to... Read more
The Mindset Message (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Some people say that “hard work is more important than innate intelligence.” To test this, researchers gave this message to a group of people. Then something amazing happened. Right after hearing the message, the people showed real changes in their brains. Is this true? Can a... 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 Story of Cincinnatus
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A long time ago, there was a man named Cincinnatus. He lived on a little farm not far from the city of Rome. For a time in his life, he was rich. He held the highest office in the land. And he was a... Read more
Dear Skeptical Reader!
ReadOasis: So this is our our second question with Dr. Richard Day. And this is from a student, and basically it’s this: What would you say to a student who doesn’t want to do ER because, let’s say, he or she wants to spend more time improving their listening... Read more
Don’t Read = Can’t Read
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) “A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read.” Mark Twain Mark Twain in the Tesla Science Lab Mark Twain was the funniest man in America. He went on adventures. He travelled the world. He met presidents and kings. And... Read more
The King and the Bees
ReadOasis Step 2 One day King Solomon was sitting on his throne. It was a beautiful golden chair made just for him. His great men were standing around him. Suddenly the door was thrown open. The Queen of Sheba came in. "O King," she said, "I rule a country,... Read more
The Science of Painful Words (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Many English speaking children know this saying."Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." But it's not true. If we use unkind words with children, it causes them pain. If we call children names, it makes them sad. If we willingly... 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
Burning Fields of Rice (Step 2)
A Retelling of a Traditional Story ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once there was a good old man who lived up on a mountain in Japan. All round his little house the mountain was flat and the ground was rich. On this lovely piece of land grew wonderful fields... Read more
The Biggest Band (Step 2)
By Maria Sonora ReadOasis 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... Read more
The Freedom Writers
ReadOasis Step 2 The classroom was noisy. Erin stood up in front of her students, and she smiled. Then she pointed to a piece of paper and said: "Let’s get started. All these sentences have mistakes. Please work with a partner and correct them." But for some reason, the... Read more
Push-ups and Health
ReadOasis Step 2 During the 1930s and 40s, Jack LaLanne became famous for fitness. He was one of the first people to open a modern health and fitness club. He was one of the first to get athletes to work out with weights. And he was one of the... Read more
Richard Wagner, Musician
ReadOasis Step 2 Richard Wagner was born on May 22, 1813. He was a famous German musician and writer. He wrote operas, or “music dramas.” Unlike many writers of opera, he wrote the words and music for all his works. Wagner’s music is known for being intense, complex, and... Read more
A Boy’s First Speech
ReadOasis Step 2 Two children were on their way to school. They were brother and sister. Both were very small. The boy was only four years old. The girl was almost six. "Come, Edward, we need to hurry," said the sister. "We cannot be late." Edward Everett (Image, Wikipedia)... Read more
Dawn and the Matches
Adapted from The Little Match Girl By Hans Christian Andersen ReadOasis Step 2 The air was cold. Snow was falling in the dark sky. It was the last night of the year. A little girl was walking in the street. Her name was Dawn. She wore no hat, and... 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
Get Down to Business in English
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A Big Decision As usual, the boss spoke clearly and in short sentences. “Okay, it’s decided. This meeting is over. You all know what to do.” One by one, the managers closed their notebooks and stood up. There were no jokes and no laughter.... Read more
The Nature of Time
ReadOasis Step 2 A man was trying to understand the nature of time. In prayer, he asked God, "How long is a million years to you?" God answered, "A million years is like a minute." Then the man asked this. "God, how much is a million dollars to you?"... Read more