Is Reading Really That Good?
ReadOasis Step 3 The candidate walked into the cold, concrete classroom, which had been converted into an interview chamber. He seemed hesitant and nervous. He looked up and saw the silhouettes of two professors sitting at small desks on the opposite side of the room. Behind the professors, the... Read more
The Otters and the Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 Creative Commons Photo by by mape_s One day a Wolf said to her mate, “A longing has come upon me to eat fresh fish.” “I will go and get some for you,” said the mate. And he went down... Read more
World Financial Crisis 2009
ReadOasis Step 2 The world is in financial crisis. American employers cut 598,000 jobs in January 2009. This is the most job cuts in one month in the US since December 1974. 11.6 million people in the US don't have work. That is about 7.6% of people who can... Read more
The Doll Festival (Step 2)
By Zoe Nova ReadOasis Step 2 Japan is a land of festivals. And on March 3, Japanese families may celebrate the "Hina Matsuri" or Doll Festival. This is also called Girl's Day. On Girl's day, families pray for the health and happiness of their girls. During the Doll Festival,... Read more
The Happiness Class
ReadOasis Step 2 In his last year of high school, Alan didn't sleep much. Instead, he studied. Sometimes he studied all night. Sometimes he drank 3 or 4 cans of energy drinks so that he could study more. And he suffered. He got headaches, back pain, and he became... Read more
Momotaro — The Peach Boy (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Long ago in Japan, there lived a poor old man and woman. The old man often went to the mountains to cut grass. The old woman often went to the river to wash clothes. One day, while she was washing, a big pink thing... Read more
5 Amazing Facts About Reading
What’s the best way to improve your English? Of course, there are many ways. But big, easy reading is one of the best. And it probably has the most research and evidence to support it. What is big, easy reading? First, you read lots of books and stories. That’s... Read more
Happiness in 59 Seconds (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) Jim sat into a soft, red chair. He looked down, and then he started to cry. “Am I asking too much?” he said. “I just want to be happy.” Dr. Jones gave Jim a box of paper tissues. “Thank you,” said Jim as he... Read more
The Seven Habits Made Easy
Max is running late. He hurries out the door of his apartment, holding a cup of coffee. Then he sees his bus. “It’s leaving!” he cries. Max starts to run, but he trips over a rock and falls. His coffee flies out of his hands and spills all over... Read more
Making Work Fun: The Levity Effect
A manager at a company was interviewing a job candidate. The manager said, “We need a very responsible person for this job. We need someone who can take charge.” The candidate’s eyes lit up, and he responded with great enthusiasm. “Sir, your search ends here! I’m the one. In... Read more
The Blues: Music of Survival
Four men were walking across a field. They were carrying a body wrapped up in white cloth. Their strong, black hands and arms supported the body as they walked on. Other men, women, and children walked behind. And the tall green trees listened. They listened to the cries of... Read more
Grow Your Mindset!
Mike waited and waited. Was it going to be good news or bad news? Who would be in, and who would be out? Would he make the team or not? Finally, the coach put two lists on the door of the school gym. Mike looked at the list for... Read more
Drifting Cowboy: Hank Williams
Hank would never make it to the concert. There were too many problems. It was icy cold outside. He sat under a cover in the back of his light blue Cadillac car. He was heading to the city of Canton, Ohio, to give a big concert on New Year’s... Read more
Story Power
Dorothy looked up into the sky. And she started to sing. Her soft voice rose up gently in the air. Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue And the dreams that... Read more
The Boy on Graves-End Road
By Caty Weaver Kelly Ryan was making dinner. Her ten-year-old son Benjamin was watching television in the living room. Or, at least she thought he was. “Benny-boy, do you want black beans or red beans?” “Red beans, Mama.” Ben had come up quietly right behind her. “Don’t do that,... Read more
Sticky Communication
The bell rang. Jim’s things were already in his red book bag, which looked brown under the white lights of the classroom. Zip! Zip! He closed the bag. He stood up and let out a sigh, “Ahhhh.” It was loud enough that other students and the teacher noticed. Jim... Read more
The Rabbit (New Version)
As told by Hugh Lupton ReadOasis Step 1 It happened near a small town in the south of England. Young John Jones walked through the woods. As he walked, he enjoyed the clean air. He enjoyed the sounds of the woods. He enjoyed the good view. He walked slowly.... 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
The Whirligig of Life
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Note: To “whirl” means to spin, and a “whirligig” is a child's toy having a whirling or spinning motion. A “whirligig” is also something that spins, whirls, moves, or changes, like the spinning course of human events. Justice of the Peace... 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
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