Snowflake
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived a farmer called Ivan. His wife’s name was Marie. They were very happy together. But there was one thing they were missing. They had no children. They used to like watching their neighbors’ children. But... 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
El Greco: Genius of Spanish Art
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) El Expolio by El Greco El Greco wanted to be a great artist. (His name means “the Greek.”) Like many Greek artists of his time, El Greco moved to Venice, Italy. Venice was alive with cultural change, achievement, and art during a period of... Read more
The Slave and the Lion
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The forest was quiet. The afternoon sun was hot, but the trees kept the forest cool. Birds were singing in the trees. But then they stopped. They heard two big sounds. The first was the sound of a man running. The second... Read more
Wishes
By Sara Teasdale ReadOasis Step 2 I wish for such a lot of things That never will come true-- And yet I want them all so much I think they might, don't you? I want a little kitty-cat That's soft and tame and sweet, And every day I watch... Read more
The Boy and the Robbers
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there was a man called Cyrus the Great. He was king of Persia. At that time, boys were taught to tell the truth. This was one of their first lessons at home and at school. During the time of Cyrus the Great,... Read more
A Nap is Better than Coffee (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 When you are tired from work or study, what do you do? Many people drink coffee or an energy drink. But a new study suggests this. A short sleep might be better for you than a cup of coffee. Researchers studied caffeine. Caffeine is found in... Read more
$80,000 for One Song
ReadOasis Step 2 The room is dark. You are alone. You are drinking a coke and downloading some songs from the Internet. Then you hear a crash. Your heart stops as you hear a man shout. "This is the police!" You catch your breath and say, "What?" Then another... Read more
Rakugo: A Funny Side of Japan
ReadOasis Step 2 Sakura started to cry. "No Tora-san! You can't leave again! I know that life is hard for you here. But when you leave, it's harder for me." Tora-san watched Sakura cry and wipe her tears. He felt so sorry for her, but he didn't say anything.... Read more
Habit Power (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Will walked into the large office area and looked around. He was carrying a cup of coffee, and he spilled some on his hand. “Ouch!” he said. “That’s hot!” He looked around, but all the other workers were busy. They didn’t even notice him.... Read more
Ten Tools for Making More Happiness
ReadOasis Step 2 Mary looked into the eyes of her new baby. "She's so beautiful," said Mary almost singing. Mary continued her song, "My goodness! I'm so happy! This is the happiest moment in my life!" And yes, it was. In fact, most couples feel the purest kind of... Read more
Number 42 (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Jackie Robinson -- Number 42 (Image Wikipedia) A man stepped onto the baseball field. He walked across the green grass. His black hands held onto a white baseball bat. He adjusted his blue hat to keep the sun from his eyes. And as he... Read more
The Reason to Know
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) One day Yukichi went to Yokohama for sight-seeing. At the time, the place was not much of a town. Foreigners had made a few temporary buildings there for living and selling their goods. Yukichi tried to speak with them, but to his distress and... Read more
The Rude Guest
ReadOasis Step 2 Portrait of John Randolph by W. Jarvis One day a man from Virginia left his home. His name was John Randolph. He was going to ride his horse to a town many miles away. He did not know the road very well. But he was a... Read more
The Future of Water (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Rajan is from northwestern Myanmar, near the border of India. He is 12 years old and lives in a small village called Pan Saung. It is a quiet place far away from big cities. Life may be simple in this remote village, but it is not... Read more
Little Ben’s Whistle
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, a little boy lived in Boston. His name was Ben Franklin. On his seventh birthday, his mother gave him a few pennies. He looked at the bright, yellow pieces. "What shall I do with these pennies, mother?" he asked. This was the... Read more
Dawn and the Matches
Adapted from The Little Match Girl By Hans Christian Andersen ReadOasis Step 2 The air was cold. Snow was falling in the dark sky. It was the last night of the year. A little girl was walking in the street. Her name was Dawn. She wore no hat, and... Read more
Burning Fields of Rice (Step 2)
A Retelling of a Traditional Story ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once there was a good old man who lived up on a mountain in Japan. All round his little house the mountain was flat and the ground was rich. On this lovely piece of land grew wonderful fields... Read more
The Nation of Cuba
ReadOasis Step 2 Cuba is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. The country is made of the island of Cuba, the Island of Youth, and a number of small islands. Cuba is just south of the US state of Florida. It is just north of Jamaica. On January... Read more
The Happiest Country
ReadOasis Step 2 The place smelled of death and sadness, the place where police keep dead bodies. And Jose Garcia sat and cried as he waited. Violent men killed Jose's brother. And Jose came to this place to get his brother's body. Jose spoke of his violent city with... Read more