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The Goodbye Bacon Blues
ReadOasis Step 3 With apologies to all my pig farming and hog farming friends, I wrote this song, a blues song about bacon. Today I read the news. They say that bacon is bad for you. For effect, it’s like a cigarette. If you eat a lot, you'll be... Read more
Two Men and a Bear (Step 1)
By Aesop Retold by ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 1 Two men were walking together through the woods. As they walked, they enjoyed the smell of flowers and the songs of birds in the air. But then suddenly, everything became quiet. The men looked around, feeling that something bad was about... Read more
The King and Carl
ReadOasis Step 1 Many years ago there was a King of Prussia. His name was Frederick. He was very wise and very strong. People called him Frederick the Great. Like other kings, he lived in a beautiful home. He had many fighters and servants to serve him. Carl was... Read more
The Farmer’s Treasure
ReadOasis Step 3 A Fable by Aesop, Retold by Cana Short There once was a farmer who became very ill. He visited the doctor, who told him that he would not live much longer. The farmer had a wife and two sons. He hoped to find a way to... 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
Androcles and the Lion
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Androcles by Jean Leon Gerome In Rome there was once a poor slave whose name was Androcles. His master was a mean man. The master enjoyed hurting his slaves. He often punished Androcles, even when he had done nothing wrong. At last Androcles decided... Read more
Momotaro — The Peach Boy (Step 1)
A Story from Japan ReadOasis Step 1 Long ago in Japan, there lived a poor old man and woman. The old man often went to the high places to cut grass. The old woman often went to the river to wash clothes. One day, while she was washing, she... 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 Paddle Boat
ReadOasis Step 3 A long time ago, two boys went fishing in a small river. They were in a heavy boat with a flat bottom. Each boy had a long, fishing rod in his hands. They sat in the boat, eagerly waiting for the fish to bite. When they... Read more
The Slave and the Lion (Step 2)
By AesopReadOasis Step 2(Part 1) The forest was quiet. The afternoon sun was hot, but the trees kept the forest cool. Birds weresinging in the trees. But then they stopped. They heard two big sounds. The first was the soundof a man running. The second was the sound of... Read more
Doctor Goldsmith
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) There was once a kind man whose name was Oliver Goldsmith. Goldsmith had a gentle heart. He was always ready to help others. He was happy to share with them anything that he had. He had no family. So the people of his town... Read more
A Boy’s First Speech
ReadOasis Step 2 Two children were on their way to school. They were brother and sister. Both were very small. The boy was only four years old. The girl was almost six. "Come, Edward, we need to hurry," said the sister. "We cannot be late." Edward Everett (Image, Wikipedia)... Read more
The Freedom Writers
ReadOasis Step 2 The classroom was noisy. Erin stood up in front of her students, and she smiled. Then she pointed to a piece of paper and said: "Let’s get started. All these sentences have mistakes. Please work with a partner and correct them." But for some reason, the... Read more
The King and the Bees
ReadOasis Step 2 One day King Solomon was sitting on his throne. It was a beautiful golden chair made just for him. His great men were standing around him. Suddenly the door was thrown open. The Queen of Sheba came in. "O King," she said, "I rule a country,... Read more
Are You Sleeping?
ReadOasis Step 2 The bells are ringing, but John is sleeping. It's time to wake up! This is the basic setting for the song "Are You Sleeping." In the English speaking world, many people know this song, and they can also sing the first lines in French. Frère Jacques,... Read more
How a Prince Learned to Read
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) A thousand years ago, boys and girls did not learn to read. Books were very hard to find, and only a few men could read them. Each book was written with a pen or a brush. The pictures were painted by hand, and some... Read more
Little Brothers of the Air (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Many years ago, there was a man named Francis. He lived in a small town in Italy. Francis was kind and loving. He loved animals, especially birds. He called the birds his little brothers of the air. He wanted to protect them and take care of... Read more
The Hunted King
ReadOasis Step 2 Robert Bruce by Edmund Leighton A long time ago, there was a man in Scotland named Robert the Bruce. He was the rightful king of Scotland. He had fought a battle with his enemies, the English. His little army had been beaten and scattered. Many of... 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
The Gift of the Magi
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. These pennies were saved one and two at a time. To save this money, she had to fight with the vegetable man, the meat man,... Read more