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
Two Men and a Bear (Step 2)
By Aesop Retold by ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 2 Two men were traveling together through a forest. As they walked, they enjoyed the smell of fresh flowers, the buzz of bees in the trees, and the songs of birds in the air. But then suddenly, the forest became strangely silent.... Read more
A Law for Thinking
ReadOasis Step 2 Aristotle was a great thinker. But he lived a long time ago (from 384 to 322 BC). He has been dead for more than 2,000 years, so why should we care about Aristotle? Can a dead man still be important today? The answer is "Yes." For... Read more
Writing a Book
Adapted from Very Short Stories By Mrs. W. K. Clifford ReadOasis Step 2 Three children looked out the window of their living room. It was cold outside, and a hard rain was beating on the window. They wanted to go out and play, but the weather wouldn’t allow it.... Read more
The Ugly Duckling (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 A duck made her nest on some leaves. Then she laid her eggs. She sat on the eggs to keep them warm. Finally, the eggs broke open, one after the other. The little ducks came out. Only one egg was left. It was a very large... Read more
Talking Dog for Sale
ReadOasis Step 1 One day a man named Joe was walking down the street. As he walked, he saw a strange sign in front of a house. The sign said, "Talking Dog for Sale." "A talking dog! I’ve got to see this," said Joe to himself. He walked over... Read more
On the Road Again (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Little Willie was born into hard times. On October 29, 1929, the American economy went bad. It was called Black Tuesday. Many people lost all their money. By Willie’s day of birth in 1933, around 25% of Americans had lost their jobs. People were hopeless, poor,... Read more
The Princess and the Pea (Step 2)
By Hans Christian Andersen Retold at ReadOasis Step 2 This is a story about the son of a king. The king’s son is called a prince. The prince is looking for love. But he must marry the daughter of a king. A king’s daughter is called a princess. Will... Read more
The Grammar of Jokes
ReadOasis Step 2 Mr. Jones stood in front of his English class. The students looked sleepy and bored, so Mr. Jones decided to open with an interesting story. He told the students a famous joke, and here is what happened…    The Joke. Two older couples ate dinner together. After... Read more
For Want of a Nail
ReadOasis Step 3 It was a cloudy and rainy day. Men sat high up on horses, riding through the stone streets around the king's castle. The metal sound of the horseshoes bounced off the walls of old buildings. At the end of the street, a metal worker was putting... Read more
Money After Death
ReadOasis Step 2 A dying man met with his Lawyer, Doctor, and Minister. They met around the dying man's bed. The man handed each of them a fat envelope. Each envelope was full of money, $25,000 in cash. Then the dying man said, "I ask you all to make... Read more
The Wolf Hunt
ReadOasis Step 3 Three farmers were walking across a field. They were looking for tracks in the soft ground. One carried a gun. One had a sharp tool for lifting hay, called a pitchfork. The third had an ax. "Wolf! Wolf! Wolf!" they cried. They met another farmer, who... Read more
The Monkeys and the Moon
From Fables from Afar By Catherine T. Bryce ReadOasis Step 2 Ohara Koson, 1927. (Wikimedia) One night a little monkey went to a well to get a drink. As he bent over, he saw the moon shining on the water. In great fear he ran to the other monkeys.... Read more
The Romance of a Busy Broker
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) (Public Domain Content Adapted from Voice of America) Author O. Henry (Image, Wikipedia) Pitcher, who worked in the office of Harvey Maxwell, broker, usually allowed his face to show no feeling. This morning he allowed his face to show interest and... Read more
Jimmy’s First Date
ReadOasis Step 2 Jimmy's hands were shaking. He wanted to ask Mary to go on a date. But he had never asked a girl to go out before. Finally, he just decided to do it. He walked up to Mary and said, "Hi Mary." Mary looked at Jimmy and... Read more
The Cunning Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time, the people in a certain town went out into the woods for a holiday. They took baskets full of good things to eat. But when midday came they ate all the meat they had brought... Read more
The Brave Little Scout
ReadOasis Step 3 When Andrew Jackson was a little boy, he lived with his mother. Their home was in South Carolina, in the city of Charleston. He was eight years old when the trouble began. It was called the Revolutionary War. The king of England sent soldiers into every... Read more
The Bomb and the King
ReadOasis Step 2 Bringing Home the Body of King Charles, 1884 Painting A long time ago there was a young king in Sweden. His name was King Charles the Twelfth. He ruled Sweden from 1697 to 1718. King Charles was famous for his courage. He would do anything to... Read more
The Turnip Composition
ReadOasis Step 2 It was a beautiful day. A teacher stood up to speak to his class. They were getting ready to go home. "Children, tomorrow I will expect all of you to write a composition," said the teacher. "The students who do best will read their composition to... Read more
Cornelia’s Jewels
ReadOasis Step 2 Painting By Angelica Kauffman It was a bright morning in the city of Rome a very long time ago. Two boys were standing in the garden of their summer home. They were looking at their mother and her friend. The two women were walking among the... Read more