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The Moral of Story Style
ReadOasis Step 3 Police Chief Brody looked at the mayor. And Brody said, "Larry, Larry, we need to kill the shark now. If we do, then maybe we can save the month of August." "August?!" replied the mayor. "Tomorrow is the 4th of July. It's a big day for... Read more
Plots in Story Style Communication
ReadOasis Step 2 The bell rang. And the students sat at their desks waiting. The teacher was late. The clock ticked and ticked. Finally, 13 minutes after the bell, the teacher entered the room. But strangely, he was pulling a big object into the class.  The students watched in... Read more
Life Story Time Machine
ReadOasis Step 2 Koko wakes up and rolls over. He looks at the clock by his bed. It says 8:17 AM. Koko jumps up and says, "I'm late!" He rushes to work. At his office building, he sees a long line at the elevator. "Oh no," he says. "I'll... Read more
A Story’s Call to Action
ReadOasis Step 2 Gandalf the great wizard looked down on little Bilbo the hobbit. And Gandalf said, "I am looking for someone to share in an adventure that I am arranging, and it’s very difficult to find anyone."  Bilbo frowned and said, "Sorry! I don’t want any adventures, thank... Read more
Find Meaning in Life’s Story
ReadOasis Step 2 On one dark day in 1944, German soldiers forced Guido and his family onto a crowded train. Women and children cry and scream in the train as it rides rough through the night. Finally, the train stops. The doors open. And Guido and his family see... Read more
Reverse Engineer Your Life Story
ReadOasis Step 2 Jack and Rose grabbed each other's hands as they dropped into the ice, cold sea. The giant ship sank below them and pulled them deeper and deeper into the dark water.  The Titanic pulled Jack down and ripped his hands away from Rose. And Rose floated... Read more
A Story’s Climactic Scene
ReadOasis Step 2 At the start of the film Gran Torino, Walt sits down on his front porch. He picks up the newspaper. And he starts to read to his dog. He reads the horoscope -- how the stars will show the future. "This year you have to make... Read more
Start Your Story at the End
ReadOasis Step 2 Yoshi sat down at the round dinner table. He looked up at five faces that he had never seen before. Everyone smiled at Yoshi, but he felt shy and nervous. It was his first time to visit the United States and his first time to stay... Read more
The 5 Steps of Story Style
ReadOasis Step 2 Leia listened to the quiet songs of little birds. She heard a gentle breeze blow through her window. The cool air touched her face. And she fell asleep in the softness of her bed.   But as she slept, the air turned cold. And something moved in... Read more
The Hero’s Desire
ReadOasis Step 2 In the Christmas movie "Home Alone," little Kevin gets in trouble. So, his mother sends him to bed early. And before Kevin goes to bed, he and his mother have a talk.  Kevin says, "Everyone in this family hates me." His mother replies, "Then maybe you... Read more
Three Levels of Story Problems
ReadOasis Step 3 Harry fell down hard on the rocks. Blood and dirt covered his face. He looked up and saw his enemy -- Voldemort. On his hands and knees, Harry crawled forward. He needed to grab his magic wand, or he was sure to die.  Both wizards picked... Read more
Do What You Can’t Do
ReadOasis Step 2 Casey Neistat tells stories. He wanted to move to New York City because it's a great place for storytellers. But his father said, "You can't! You don't have any money." Casey said, "I want to make movies." But people told him, "You can't! You didn't go... Read more
Be the Hero of Your Story
ReadOasis Step 2 Sweat dripped down Terry's face. He could hear his heart beating in his chest. The teacher said, "Begin!" And 300 students started writing. Terry heard their pencils tapping paper as they started writing in their test books.  Terry felt the fire of fear in this entrance... Read more
Communicate in Story Style
ReadOasis Step 2 Professor Jones looks at his class. He can't believe his eyes! All his students lay sleeping on their desks. They fell asleep during his 90-minute talk.  Sally stares at her computer waiting for a reply from her boss. She emailed him three days ago. But her... Read more
Story is Essential
ReadOasis Step 3 George sat alone on the beach. The sun beat down hot on his head. The skin on his face turned red. The blue ocean looked so inviting and fresh. George spoke to himself, "I'm all alone, and it's dangerous, but I just have to jump in... Read more
C. S. Lewis: An Extraordinary Life (Step 2)
By David BelloReadOasis Step 2(Part 1) An ordinary boy and girl are looking at a painting on the wall. The painting shows a ship sailing in the middle of the big blue sea. As they look, they begin to notice something strange. The ship is moving up and down... Read more
Jimmy Hates School
ReadOasis Step 2 Emma Williams wiped butter on hot brown toast. As the butter melted, she put two fried pieces of bacon on the plate next to two juicy, fried eggs. Then she called out in a loud voice: "Jimmy! Wake up! It's time for breakfast!"  But Jimmy made... Read more
The Biggest Band (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 It was a hot August night in New York City, 1965. Two thousand policemen in charge of security watched anxiously as 55,000 fans filled Shea Stadium. But this was not for a baseball game; it was for the first ever stadium concert in the history of... Read more
Moving to Think (Step 1)
By Cielo Vera ReadOasis Step 1 Gillian Lynne could not sit still. She was eight years old now. And her teachers worried about her. Perhaps she had a learning problem. Gillian's mother worried, too. She took her little girl to see a doctor. At the doctor's office, Gillian sat... Read more
The Guitar Hero
ReadOasis Step 2 Humans have played instruments like guitars for 5,000 years. The English word "guitar" originally may come from the Indian word, "sitar." Today guitars play a main part in jazz, blues, country, rock, and pop music. They are also used for solo classical music. In popular culture,... Read more