The Fastest Growing Religion
ReadOasis Step 2 The religion of Islam teaches that there is only one God. In Islam, God is called Allah. Followers of Islam are called Muslims. Their holy book is the Koran. Muslims believe God gave the Koran to a man named Muhammad in the year 610. And Muhammad... Read more
The Tell-Tale Heart
By Edgar Allan Poe ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) This is a famous short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in 1843. The story is scary, and it may not be appropriate for young readers. Illustration by Harry Clarke It is true! I was very nervous,... Read more
Making Social Networks Safer
ReadOasis Step 2 MySpace is the second largest social networking site in the US. It has over 115 million users. (Facebook is the #1 social networking site, with over 180 million users). Millions of people enjoy networking with friends on these sites every day. But like any big city... Read more
Jesse James: Robber or Robin Hood?
ReadOasis Step 2 It was just past noon on December 7, 1869. Two brothers walked into a bank in Gallatin, Missouri. Their names were Frank and Jesse James. One of them, maybe Jesse, walked up to the bank clerk and asked to exchange a $100 bill. The bank clerk... Read more
The Stolen Cart
ReadOasis Step 2 By Ellen C. Babbitt A long time ago, there were two traders. They were good friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a big city. One day the village trader took his cart to the big city. He wanted 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
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
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
Luck
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) I was at a dinner in London given in honor of one of the most celebrated English military men of his time. I do not want to tell you his real name and titles. I will just call him Lieutenant General... Read more
The Wolf and the Dog
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 One day a Wolf was walking through the forest. A light snow was falling among the tall, green trees, floating down like little white stars. The Wolf wandered slowly on, for he was sick, weak, and bony thin. His eyes were dark as death,... 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
Reading and Brain Power
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) This is a dramatization and simple summary of a famous paper by Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich. “Thank you everyone for coming to tonight’s lecture. We are excited to have with us Professor Anne E. Cunningham from the University of California, Berkeley.... 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 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
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
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
Henri Rousseau, Artist
ReadOasis Step 2 Henri Rousseau was born on May 21, 1844. He was a famous French painter. At first, he worked as a government official. But he retired in 1893 so he could focus on painting. He created bold and colorful paintings. His paintings showed imaginative dreams and unusual... 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
Little Red Riding Hood
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived a little girl. She was sweet and pretty and good, and everybody loved her. Her old grandmother was very fond of her. So the grandmother made the little girl a cute red coat with a hood. It suited... Read more
The Power of Wind
ReadOasis Step 2 In August 2003, electrical power went out in a large part of North America. Ten million people in Ontario, Canada, lost power. And forty-five million people in eight U.S. states had their lights go out. Eleven deaths were related to this event. It was one of... Read more