The Deer and the Lion (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 One warm day a Deer went down to a river to get a drink. The water was smooth, cool, and clear, and he could see himself in it. The Deer looked at his horns in the reflection and felt pride. He said to himself, "My horns... Read more
The Golden Goose
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time there was a Goose who had beautiful golden feathers. Not far away from this Goose lived a very poor woman, who had two daughters. The Goose saw that they had a hard time to get... Read more
Jumping Frog
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A friend of mine in the East asked me to visit old Simon Wheeler. He wanted me to ask about his friend, Leonard W. Smiley. I did as my friend asked, and I found Simon Wheeler sleeping by the stove in... Read more
The Simpsons
ReadOasis Step 2 The Simpsons is a TV show about a funny American family. Using comedy and satire, the show criticizes American life and culture. It was first broadcast in December 1989. Its 26th season began in September 2014, and it is the longest-running animated program in America. It... Read more
Joan of Arc: Heroine
ReadOasis Step 2 Joan of Arc is a national heroine of France. She was born to a poor family in eastern France during the Hundred Years War. This war was actually a series of wars between 1337 and 1453. During this violent period, English kings tried to control France.... Read more
Fire and Ice
ReadOasis Step 2 Life begins. Life ends. Long ago, the world began, and one day the world will end. Today people work to protect the world. They save energy and use clean energy. We may succeed in protecting our planet. We must try. But surely one day, maybe millions... Read more
Meaning to Live (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Viktor had just married Tilly. She was the love of his life. He was a young doctor in Vienna, Austria. And Viktor and Tilly should have expected a bright future together. But Nazi Germany was in control of Austria, and Viktor and Tilly were... Read more
The Best Way to Learn Language
ReadOasis Step 2 What’s the best way to learn a foreign language? As a linguist, I hear this question all the time. My students are in Japan, and many of them want to learn English. So they often ask me, “What’s the best way to improve my English?” Students... Read more
Newton’s Apple
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons photo by Kevin Bedel A light wind blew through the garden and shook the trees. From one tree, an apple fell and hit the ground. Isaac heard the sound, and it disturbed his thoughts. At the time, he was walking in his... Read more
The Exact Science of Matrimony
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker could never be trusted. One day, the two men decided to open a marriage business to make some quick and easy money. The first thing they did was to write an advertisement to be published in... Read more
The Return of a Private
By Hamlin Garland ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The soldiers cheered. The train crossed the border into Wisconsin. It had been a long trip. They had travelled from the south back to their homes in the north. One of the men had a large red scar across his forehead.... Read more
The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci
ReadOasis Step 2 Leonardo da Vinci began working on the Mona Lisa in 1503. But he didn't finish it for many years. In 1516, he took the painting from Italy to France. And he probably finished it there in 1519 before he died. Then the King of France bought... Read more
Bird Leg Test
ReadOasis Step 2 It was three o'clock in the morning. And Jonah was tired. "I think I'm ready for the test," he said to himself. Then he fell asleep at his desk. When he opened his eyes, he saw the clock in front of his face. The red numbers... Read more
Happy Memories
By Dr. Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 This exercise is all about re-living happy memories. Research shows that reflecting on what went well yesterday, no matter how trivial the event will make you feel happier. So simply think back about the last 24 hours and focus on what went... Read more
The Dog and His Shadow
ReadOasis Step 2 A big dog was walking through the streets one day. As he walked along, he passed the meat seller's shop. And there he saw it: the best sight in the world. In front of the shop, was a table. And on the table were large, juicy... Read more
20 Word Learning Tips
ReadOasis Step 2 Learning new words is a big part of learning any language. In English, well-educated native speakers know around 20,000 word families. That’s a lot! To read well in English without dictionary support, you need to know about 8,000 to 9,000 word families. That’s a lot, too.... Read more
Henry Ward Beecher, Friend of Slaves (Step 2)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 On February 5, 1860, a strange thing happened at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. Church members were not having a “bake sale.” They were having a “slave sale.”  But this sale was backwards. Church members were buying the freedom of a... Read more
James Hogg and His Dog
ReadOasis Step 2 There was a poor man who lived in Scotland. His work was to care for the sheep. His name was James Hogg. His family also worked as shepherds. He took care of a rich man’s sheep. They belonged to Eric Water. Sometimes he had many baby... Read more
Culture and Health
ReadOasis Step 2 What is the relationship between culture and health? The following study compares Italians, Japanese, and French with the British and Americans. First, we examine fat in the diet. The Japanese eat very little fat. The British and the Americans eat more fat than the Japanese. And... Read more
Little Snow White
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Illustration by Franz Jüttne A long time ago, a Queen sat near a window in her castle. It was the middle of winter. Snow was falling like feathers from the clouds. The window had a black frame, and the Queen sat in front if... Read more