The Dead Wife
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time there were a man and his wife who lived in the forest, very far from the rest of their tribe. They often spent the day hunting together. But after awhile, the wife had so many other things to do... Read more
The Seven Habits Made Easy
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) 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... Read more
Two Great Painters
ReadOasis Step 2 There once was a painter named Zeuxis. He could paint life-like pictures. People often mistook his pictures for the real things which they represented. At one time he painted the picture of some fruit. It seemed so real that birds flew down and tried to eat... Read more
The Stolen Plow
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 At one time there were two traders who were great friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a large town nearby. One day the village trader took his plow to the large town... 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
Skill with Numbers = Wealth?
From Science Daily (November 10, 2010) summarized at ReadOasis Step 2 A new study in the United States found an interesting result about skill with numbers.This skill is called numeracy. Some married couples scored well on a simple numeracy test. These couples gained more wealth by middle age than... Read more
A Library in Your Bag: The Kindle
ReadOasis Step 2 An e-book is an electronic book. People can read e-books on personal computers and mobile phones. A special machine also exists just for e-reading. It is called an e-book reader. The Sony Reader is one popular e-reader. But in November 2007, created an e-reader, too. It... Read more
Grace Darling
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Courtesy of RNLI/Grace Darling Museum It was a cold autumn day—windy, gray, and rainy. Like most stormy days in the north of England, the wind and rain came hard. People hurried through gray village streets in dark coats, holding onto their hats. Sharp sheets... 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
What Makes People Happy?
ReadOasis Step 2 What makes people happier: money or having happy friends and neighbors? Researchers from Harvard University and UC San Diego, found an interesting answer to this question. Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler studied the emotional health of almost 5000 people. They used information gathered from a period... Read more
Why Ban Smoking in Public?
ReadOasis Step 2 More than twenty US states ban smoking in public places. And many countries around the world also have similar bans. A new study shows the strongest evidence yet that smoke-free laws can reduce heart disease, which is a major effect of tobacco smoke. The study took... Read more
Sincerely, Mother Teresa
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 2 Mother Teresa in 1986 (Image Wikipedia) It was pouring rain. I was walking to a store, and as I did, I passed by a man. A homeless man for sure. He was huddled under a bench, trying to shield himself from the rain... Read more
Big Time Car Trouble
ReadOasis Step 2 US car makers are in serious trouble. Their sales fell about 35% in January compared with last year. Ford Motor Company sales dropped 42%. General Motors reported a 49% drop. But Chrysler was hardest hit. Their sales went down 55%. This decline in sales is not... Read more
The Singularity (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Ashley was born on March 7, 2027. It's her birthday today, and she is 18 years old. Her birthday present will be a new computer. Her budget is 1,000 dollars, and today (March 7, 2045), this money will buy her a very powerful machine. In fact,... Read more
Beauty and the Beast
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) There once was a man who worked as a Merchant at sea. He had many ships, and he was rich. He had three daughters. The youngest was so beautiful that everyone called her Beauty. This made the two older sisters jealous. They were mean... Read more
Think Before You Drink
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) “Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go!” The crowd of college students screamed at Steve. He was quickly downing his sixth large glass of beer in less than an hour. When he finished, he slammed the glass down on a large glass table.... Read more
A Coach for Life (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Coach John Wooden 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,... Read more
A Lesson in Justice (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Alexander the Great was the king of Macedon. He wished to become the master of the whole world. He led his armies through many countries. He plundered cities, he burned towns, he destroyed thousands of lives. At last, far in the East, he came to a... Read more
The Wonder of the Taj Mahal
By Mirah Mayer ReadOasis Step 2 The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was completed around 1649 by the Muslim king Shah Jahan. Over 1,000 elephants and 22,000 workers took 22 years to build it. The Taj Mahal is located in the beautiful... Read more
Little Brothers of the Air (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Many years ago a man named Francis lived in a small town in Italy. Francis was kind and loving to all living things. The creatures he loved most were birds. He called the birds his little brothers of the air. He wanted to protect them and... Read more