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
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
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 Sailor Man (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 By Laura Richards Retold by ReadOasis.com A long time ago, John and Mary came to the house of a sailor man. He lived by the sea. He worked on boats. When the children met him, the man was sitting by his door. He was tying ropes.... 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 Endless Story
ReadOasis Step 2 In the Far East there was a great King. He had no work to do. But every day, he listened to stories. All day long, he listened to stories about every kind of topic. Some of the stories were very long, but he never got tired... Read more
The Snow Man
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) “It is very cold outside today!” said the Snow Man. “The wind is strong and sharp like a knife! And the sun is so bright!” The Snow Man had two pieces of rock for eyes. His mouth and teeth were made... Read more
The Dragon and His Grandmother
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once there was a great war. The king had many soldiers in his army. But he did not give them very much money, so they were poor and unhappy. Because of this, three of them decided to run away from the... Read more
A Municipal Report
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It was raining as I got off the train in Nashville, Tennessee -- a slow, gray rain. I was tired, so I went straight to my hotel. When I arrived, a big, heavy man was walking up and down in the... Read more
Death of a King: Medgar Evers
ReadOasis Step 2 Every day Medgar Evers worked hard. He was doing his best to bring equal rights for African Americans. Evers lived in Mississippi in the 1960s. It was a place where African Americans did not have equality. They did not have the right to vote. Gasoline stations... Read more
The Line of Least Resistance
By Edith Wharton ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Mister Mindon returned home for lunch. His wife Mary was not at home. The servants did not know where she was. Mister Mindon sat alone at the table in the garden. He ate a small piece of meat and drank some... Read more
The Bird and the Lion (Step 1)
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 1 One day while a Lion was eating his dinner, and a piece of food got stuck in his mouth. It was so painful that he could not finish his dinner. He walked up and down, up and down in... Read more
Halloween Jack and His Lantern
ReadOasis Step 1 This is the story of Halloween night. It happened in Ireland a long time ago. There was a man named Jack. He drank too much. One day Jack met a Devil. The Devil wanted a human soul. "Hello Jack, I want your soul," said the Devil.... 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
The Farmer and the Actor (Step 1)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 It was summer in a small country town. An actor was visiting from the big city. He walked through the fields and enjoyed the beautiful place. He loved the country. It was quiet. The air was clean and clear. The view was beautiful and... Read more
The Lion and the Mouse (Step 1)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 It was a dark night, deep in the Gir Woods of India. A great Lion was sleeping under a big tree. A sound like the wind came from his mouth and nose. And every time he opened an eye, all the animals stopped and... Read more
The Story of a Great Story
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Image by A. F. Lydon Two hundred years ago there was a young man who lived in Scotland. His name was Alexander Selkirk. He was always fighting and making trouble with his neighbors. Many people were glad when he ran away from home. He... Read more
The Fox and the Grapes (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A hungry fox saw some fine grapes. The grapes were hanging in a high place on a wooden frame. The fox did his best to reach them. He jumped as high as he could into the air. But the grapes were just out of reach, so... Read more