The Trial of Galileo
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Ideas on Trial Galileo was old, weak, and ill. But he had to make the 200 mile journey to Rome in the middle of winter. Why all this trouble? The leader of the Church, the Pope, demanded it. Galileo must go on trial for... Read more
The Philosopher and the Driver
ReadOasis Step 4 Once there was a famous philosopher. He was handsome and rich. He owned a large home on the ocean. And on the grounds of his home, there were horses and large areas of green grass where the horses could run. The philosopher also owned many cars,... Read more
The King of the Blues
ReadOasis Step 4 B.B. King was a great master of blues guitar. Though he passed away on May 14, 2015, he lived to be 89, and he played professionally for nearly 70 years. (His first recording was in 1949.) Because of his last name and his great influence, fans... Read more
Googling the World
ReadOasis Step 4 Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin studied computer science at Stanford University. Their research concentrated on the mathematical properties of the World Wide Web. Specifically, they wanted to understand the patterns of its link structure. Page and Brin reasoned that not only could they count... Read more
Karl Marx and the Communist World
ReadOasis Step 4 Karl Marx (1818-1883) was a German philosopher, economist, and historian. He wrote mainly about economics and politics, and he is credited as the founder of communism. For Marx, the history of society has been the history of class struggles. Marx attacked capitalism, the economic system where... Read more
Beginners Get Sorted
A Book Trailer ReadOasis Step 4 Sorted is built from a group of old school friends, most of whom couldn't cook. Ben, a chef, started showing us his recipes on the back of *beer mats. And what began as a small group of school mates looking for food solutions,... Read more
The Girl Monkey and the Pearls
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Pearls by Saucy Salad (Creative Commons) One day the king went for a long walk in the woods. When he came back to his own garden, he sent for his family to come down to the lake... Read more
A Nap is Better than Coffee (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 When you are tired from work or study, what do you do? Many people are addicted to coffee for staying alert, or they crave an energy drink to refresh themselves. But one study suggests that a short sleep might refresh you more than a cup of... Read more
Confucius
ReadOasis Step 4 Confucius (551-478 BC) was a great Chinese philosopher and educator whose teachings formed the basis for Chinese education, ethics, and social life. His style was similar to Socrates. He tended not to give long explanations on different topics. Rather, he asked questions and challenged people to... Read more
The Hawks and Their Friends
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Hello I'm Chuck A family of Hawks lived on an island in a lake not far from the great forest. On the northern shore of this lake lived a Lion, King of Beasts.... Read more
The Adventure with Lions
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Don Quixote (dän kēˈhōtē) is a famous Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes. It tells of the humorous adventures of Don Quixote and his helper, Sancho Panza. The following is the story of Don Quixote's adventure with lions. “Don Quixote“ by Gustave Doré The... Read more
Genius for Melody
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) On June 2, 2010, President Barack Obama stood on a small stage in the White House. In the audience sat a mix of elite leaders and famous musicians. The President was about to give America’s highest award for popular music to Paul McCartney of the... Read more
The Pig and the Sheep
Adapted from Aesop ReadOasis Step 4 One day a Shepherd saw a fat Pig walking about in a field. The Shepherd left his sheep for a moment and quietly walked towards the Pig. But the Pig saw the Shepherd coming, and it screamed, “Oink, oink, oink” and ran away.... Read more
The Doll Festival
By Zoe Nova ReadOasis Step 4 Japan is a land of festivals, and on the third day of the month of March, many Japanese families celebrate the Doll Festival, which is called "Hina Matsuri” in Japanese. This special day is also called Girl's Day, a day when families pray... Read more
Picasso and the Beatles
ReadOasis Step 4 The Spanish painter Picasso demonstrated remarkable artistic aptitude at a very young age. According to his mother, his first words were "piz, piz." "Piz" is short for "lápiz," which means "pencil" in Spanish. Picasso's father was an art professor who raised his son in a world... Read more
The Lion in Bad Company
From More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 Just One Lion (Wikimedia) One day a young Lion came suddenly upon a Wolf. The Wolf was not able to get away, so he said to the Lion: “Please, Great Lion, could you take me to your den,... Read more
ET and Intelligent Life
ReadOasis Step 4 The film ET charmed the hearts of millions of children and adults. It was humorous and compelling, and it told an inspiring story about love and companionship. In one scene, ET points his finger to the sky, and he says, "ET phone home." This simple phrase... Read more
The Snake and the Rope (Step 4)
BeeOasis Step 4 Once upon a time, a Blind Man and a Man who could see were traveling together. When it came night, they rode into a meadow, dismounted, and lay down to sleep until morning. Before dawn, as they were about to start on their way again, the... Read more
The Future of Water (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 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 tranquil place far away from big cities. Life may be simple in this remote village, but it is not... Read more
A Definition of Health (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 A medical doctor was examining a patient. He summarized his diagnosis in the following way. "You're in superb health, and you'll live to be 80." The patient responded, "But, doctor, I am 80 right now. The doctor replied, "See, now what did I tell you? But... Read more