James Watt and the Teapot
ReadOasis Step 2 A little boy was sitting in his grandmother's kitchen. He was watching the red fire in the wide open fireplace. He quietly thought about the causes of things. He was always thinking and always wanting to know how things worked. "Grandma," he asked, "what makes the... Read more
Two Silly Birds (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A Blackbird looked into a Dove's house one day. He saw that the Doves were happy, and they had enough food. He thought, "If I were a Dove, my life would be so easy!" Photo: Wikipedia So he painted himself white. And he went into the... 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
Word Magic!
ReadOasis Step 2 Words are magic. Say a few words at a restaurant, and you get dinner! Say a few strong words like, “Hey stupid!” and you might get in a fight. Say the words, “I’m sorry,” and you might escape a fight. Say the words, “I love you,”... 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
The Ugly Duckling (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 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
A Feel for English
ReadOasis Step 1 The boy was stressed. On his desk stood a tower of books. “I must study more,” he said. “Only three days till the test.” Again, he took his list of words and rules and studied all night long. The girl sat in an easy chair. She... Read more
Hide and Seek
ReadOasis Step 2 Mr. and Mrs. Smith had two sons, but they gave them strange names. Their first son was named, “Mind Your Own Business.” Now that was strange enough, but they named their second son, “Trouble.” But even with their funny names, the two boys grew up normal,... Read more
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