The Last Leaf
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Nephelim Many artists lived in the Greenwich Village area of New York. Two young women named Sue and Johnsy shared a studio apartment at the top of a three-story building. Johnsy's real name was Joanna. In November,... Read more
Why Study History?
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 2 Why should we study history? Why should we learn about the past? What does history have to do with our lives today? These are questions that many people have about history. And it's okay to ask them. Questions like these bother a lot... Read more
Roentgen and the Discovery of X-rays
ReadOasis Step 2 When she saw her the bones in her hand she said "I have seen my death!" Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) was a German scientist who discovered x-rays. This was a great advance for physics and medicine, and it earned Roentgen the Nobel Prize in 1901. In November 1895,... Read more
JK Rowling and Harry Potter (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 After finishing university in 1983, JK Rowling was living in London. She worked for the human rights group Amnesty International. But in 1990, she decided to move to Manchester. After spending a weekend looking for an apartment, she took the train back to London. It was... Read more
Two Great Painters
ReadOasis Step 2 Escaping Criticism by Pere Borrell del Caso, 1874 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... 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
Indian Princess: Pocahontas (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) John watched the river flow. The water was green and blue and full of fish. He looked at the leaves on the trees and tall grass. They were moving softly in the quiet wind. This was a beautiful and wild place. But suddenly John... 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
What to Do Before an Earthquake
Fires of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Earthquakes come suddenly, violently, and without warning. You need to find dangers ahead of time. And you need to plan ahead. Then you can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake. The following things will reduce... Read more
The Turnip Composition
ReadOasis Step 2 It was a beautiful day. A teacher stood up to speak to his class. They were getting ready to go home. "Children, tomorrow I will expect all of you to write a composition," said the teacher. "The students who do best will read their composition to... 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
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
Fly Anywhere with Google Earth
ReadOasis Step 2 Google is a company that provides internet search, email, and other online services. But Google makes other products too. Google Earth is a product that puts the world in your computer. It uses pictures taken from space. And Google Earth helps you locate and explore any... 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
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
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
Goodbye Bacon?
ReadOasis Step 2 Jim Gaffigan is a funny man. In fact, he is so funny that he gets paid for it. As a popular entertainer, he writes jokes for a living. And because Jim Gaffigan is a large man, he makes a lot of jokes about his love for... Read more
A Law for Thinking
ReadOasis Step 2 Aristotle was a great thinker. But he lived a long time ago (from 384 to 322 BC). He has been dead for more than 2,000 years, so why should we care about Aristotle? Can a dead man still be important today? The answer is "Yes." For... 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
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