The Drama of Darwin (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Little Anne Darwin was her father's pride and joy, and she loved her father with a special kindness. But in 1849, Anne became sick with a high fever. Her father tried long and hard to help her. But Anne didn’t get better, and she... Read more
Tokyo: Crowded, Expensive, and Delicious
ReadOasis Step 2 You are on your way to work. It's rush hour, and the train is packed. People are pressed against you on all sides. The train speeds along, but you can't move. Finally, you stop; the doors open, and you push your way out. It's Shinjuku Station,... Read more
The Rabbit and the Turtle
ReadOasis Step 2 One day, a Rabbit was talking to a Turtle. The Rabbit said, "Turtle, Turtle, you are so slow. I feel so sorry for anyone who moves as slow as you!" "You feel sorry for me?" said the Turtle. "Then why don't we run a race to... Read more
Get Grit! (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Angela is smart and able. But those are not her best qualities. In her first year at Harvard University, she took a course in biology. But she failed the first big tests. And she was getting an F in the class. She spoke to her teacher.... Read more
Fred Astaire, Dancer Extraordinaire
ReadOasis Step 2 If you watch Fred Astaire dance, you will be amazed at his grace. He seems so relaxed, like his feet are dancing on air. He makes genius look effortless. But like all great dancers, Astaire practiced his routines for hours and hours. He was a hard-working... Read more
Exercise and Live Longer
ReadOasis Step 2 You are sitting in a nice restaurant. You are about to enjoy an expensive meal with a friend. But then a man sitting at the table next to you starts smoking. To make matters worse, he blows smoke in your face. Why? He doesn't want to... Read more
The Little Pine Tree
ReadOasis Step 2 A little pine tree lived in the woods. It had no leaves. It had needles. The little tree said, "I do not like needles. All the other trees in the woods have pretty leaves. I want leaves, too. But I will have better leaves. I want... Read more
Babe: A Good Mannered Pig
ReadOasis Step 2 Babe is a young pig who wants to become a sheep dog. He is separated from his family, and he finds himself on a strange farm. Babe becomes confused and lonely. But a friendly sheep dog takes care of him. And Babe slowly adjusts to his... Read more
The Science of Good (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) President Clinton stood in front of the microphone. He took a breath and swallowed. Then he began his apology. He was not apologizing for being with another woman. Not yet. And he was not apologizing for a personal failure. Not this time. He was... Read more
Reading Power
When people ask about English language ability, what is their first question? Usually, they ask this. “Can you speak English?” The total number of native English speakers in the world today is around 375,000,000 people. And about a billion people are learning English. The Economist, a news magazine, said... Read more
Scotland’s Favorite Son
ReadOasis Step 2 Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne? Some call him the national poet of Scotland. Some say he is Scotland's favorite son. Some even think he is the greatest Scotsman of all time. He... Read more
How to Attain Presentation Zen (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 PowerPoint is the most popular presentation software today. Over 400 million copies are in use. But there are problems with PowerPoint. It can cause you to simplify too much and stop you from connecting with people. To give good presentations, you need practice. Expert presenter Garr... Read more
Seven Elements of Story Grammar
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
Isaac Albéniz, Genius of Spanish Music
By Maria Sonora ReadOasis Step 2 Isaac Albéniz (May 29, 1860 - May 18, 1909) was a genius of Spanish music. He gave his first concert when he was four years old. And at the young age of nine, he began his concert career. By age 15, he had... Read more
Big Thinkers Win (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) George turned over in bed and went back to sleep. The alarm kept ringing. It was noisy. The neighbors could hear it through the walls. It kept ringing, so George finally opened his eyes and looked at the clock. The green numbers shined: "9:17... Read more
Rachel Carson, Nature Writer
ReadOasis Step 2 Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and nature writer. She started her career working for the government. She worked to take care of fish, animals, and the environment. But in the 1950s, she became a full-time nature writer.... 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 Shepherd Painter Boy
ReadOasis Step 2 Francis Preaching To The Birds by Giotto (Image, Wikimedia) One day a man was walking through the countryside near Florence, Italy. In this part of Italy, there were many sheep. They could be seen in all the fields. Near the top of a hill, the man... Read more
Experience Flow
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Shaun White is a world famous snowboarder. Watch him slide down the pipe in slow motion. He goes up one side and flies into the air at an extreme height. Time stands still. Coming down, he gains speed and lands smoothly. Then he rises... Read more
The Giants and the Boy
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Painting: Landscape with Orion Once upon a time, there was a boy who had neither father nor mother. So in order to earn money with which he could live, he watched over and cared for the sheep of a great lord,... Read more