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
Grow Your Mindset!
ReadOasis Step 2(Part 1) 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... Read more
Mary Had a Little Lamb
ReadOasis Step 2 Thomas Edison with Phonograph Mary Had a Little Lamb" is a famous children's song. It was written by Sarah Hale and first published on May 24, 1830. The song is based on real events. There was a girl named Mary Sawyer. She had a pet lamb,... 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
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
Two Great Painters
ReadOasis Step 2 Escaping Criticism by Pere Borrell del Caso, 1874 There once was a painter named Zeuxis. He could paint life-like pictures. People often mistook his pictures for the real things which they represented. At one time he painted the picture of some fruit. It seemed so real... Read more
Presentation with Story-Logic
ReadOasis Step 2 Sam took a deep breath. He looked at his audience, raised his hands, and started to speak. He began with a joke, but nobody laughed. He introduced himself. But some people just looked down and checked their phones. He told another joke. The response: silence.  "This... Read more
The Rabbit Who Came to Supper
ReadOasis Step 5 (Part 1) Bugs Bunny “I'm trapped. Trapped. I gotta get out of this.I gotta think fast. Trapped. Oh boy, they've trapped a rabbit. Look, look fellows, I'm Rin Tin Tin.” Elmer Fudd “Now I got you. You're a dead rabbit.” Delivery Boy “Telegram for Elmer Fudd.”... Read more
Get a Feel for English!
ReadOasis Step 2 There are many ways to learn English. But language study is often hard, and most people don’t enjoy it. After all, grammar books and language drills are not meant to be fun. Is there a fun way to learn English? The answer is a big “YES!”... Read more
The Second Chance
ReadOasis Step 1 Sam woke up when his car flew off the road. He heard the sound of breaking glass. He saw the starry sky. It appeared and disappeared as his car rolled over and over and over.  Then with a loud crash, the car hit a tree. Sam... Read more
The Farmer and the Birds
ReadOasis Step 1 By Aesop A Mother Bird made her house in a field. And the field was full of green wheat. As days passed, the wheat grew taller and taller. And her baby Birds became bigger and stronger. As summer ended, the wheat turned the color of gold.... Read more
The Exact Science of Matrimony
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker could never be trusted. One day, the two men decided to open a marriage business to make some quick and easy money. The first thing they did was to write an advertisement to be published in... 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
Bird Leg Test
ReadOasis Step 2 It was three o'clock in the morning. And Jonah was tired. "I think I'm ready for the test," he said to himself. Then he fell asleep at his desk. When he opened his eyes, he saw the clock in front of his face. The red numbers... Read more
The Dog and His Shadow
ReadOasis Step 2 A big dog was walking through the streets one day. As he walked along, he passed the meat seller's shop. And there he saw it: the best sight in the world. In front of the shop, was a table. And on the table were large, juicy... Read more
James Hogg and His Dog
ReadOasis Step 2 There was a poor man who lived in Scotland. His work was to care for the sheep. His name was James Hogg. His family also worked as shepherds. He took care of a rich man’s sheep. They belonged to Eric Water. Sometimes he had many baby... Read more
$80,000 for One Song
ReadOasis Step 2 The room is dark. You are alone. You are drinking a coke and downloading some songs from the Internet. Then you hear a crash. Your heart stops as you hear a man shout. "This is the police!" You catch your breath and say, "What?" Then another... Read more
The Minister’s Horse
ReadOasis Step 2 One day a man was walking down the street. He was tired. As he walked, he passed a church. He saw the Minister of the church. The Minister was getting on his horse. The man spoke, "Dear Minister. I am very tired from walking. And I... Read more
A Simple Recipe for Learning English
ReadOasis Step 1 To learn English, we need words. Most English native speakers know between 12,000 and 20,000 words. Shakespeare used 31,534 words. And he probably knew more. How many words do you know? Naomi knows 95% of the words in Alice in Wonderland. She understands it without a... Read more
The Frog and the Mouse
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 A mouse and a frog were friends. Every morning the frog jumped out of the water. Then he went and visited his friend the mouse. The mouse lived in an opening in the side of a tree. After a short visit, the frog climbed... Read more