W.C. Handy: Father of the Blues (Step 2)
By Maria Sonora ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) W.C. Handy at age 19 "Then I saw the beauty of primitive music." W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues W.C. Handy grew up in the southern part of the United States, in a small town in Alabama. His father was a... Read more
The Wind
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 2 I saw you toss the kites on high And blow the birds about the sky; And all around I heard you pass, Like ladies' skirts across the grass-- O wind, a-blowing all day long, O wind, that sings so loud a song!... Read more
The First Lady of Song
ReadOasis Step 3 After her mother died, Ella had a lot of trouble. Her grades dropped at school. She couldn't find a good place to live. She became an orphan, a child whose parents are dead and gone. Eventually, she was sent to the New York Training School for... Read more
Statesboro Blues
By Blind Willie McTell (1927) ReadOasis Step 3 Blind Willie McTell put his guitar case on the ground next to an old brick building. In the late afternoon, the gentle light made the brick walls turn bright red. McTell looked up and stretched his arms up in the air.... Read more
The King and his Hawk
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Fran001@Yahoo Genghis Khan was a great king and warrior of the Mongol Empire. He led his army into China and Persia, and he conquered many lands. In every country, men told about his daring deeds. They said that since Alexander... Read more
Cupid and Psyche
Adapted from the Greek Story By Carolyn S. Bailey Retold by ReadOasis at Step 2 (Part 1) There was once a beautiful earth-girl named Psyche. But she was lonely because she had no one to play with. Every day Psyche would run and play in the forests and hills.... Read more
Edward Jenner and the Smallpox Vaccine
ReadOasis Step 3 Edward Jenner (1749-1823) was an English scientist who is known for using cowpox to perform one of the first vaccinations against smallpox. About six others tried this procedure as well. These included the farmer Benjamin Jesty, who in 1774 infected his wife and two of his... Read more
Geronimo! (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 On the fateful day of March 6, 1858, a young Native American man said goodbye to his family. Today we know this man as Geronimo. On that day, he was going with his brothers to trade in a nearby town. His wife and mother stayed home... Read more
C. S. Lewis: An Extraordinary Life (Step 2)
By David Bello ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) An ordinary boy and girl are looking at a painting on the wall. The painting shows a ship sailing in the middle of the big blue sea. As they look, they begin to notice something strange. The ship is moving up... Read more
Henry Ward Beecher, Friend of Slaves (Step 2)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 On February 5, 1860, a strange thing happened at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. Church members were not having a “bake sale.” They were having a “slave sale.”  But this sale was backwards. Church members were buying the freedom of a... Read more
Every Day I Have the Blues
ReadOasis Step 2 Memphis Slim at the Piano Long black fingers were dancing. They were dancing on the white and black keys of the piano. From the comfort of their homes, people watched on their televisions. And they listened to the blue sounds of the piano. The piano player... Read more
Mary Shelley: Author of Frankenstein
ReadOasis Step 3 Mary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797 in London, England. She was the second daughter in her family. Her parents were Mary Wollstonecraft, a feminist, and William Godwin, a philosopher. Her mother died during childbirth. But her father was quick to marry again. Mary got... Read more
Mohandas Gandhi: Promoter of Peace (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Mohandas Gandhi is known as the father of India. He was a politician, thinker, and religious leader. In Gandhi's time, the British had ruled India for about 190 years. And many Indians suffered under the British. Gandhi helped India become free from British rule. He fought... Read more
Marijuana Lies
ReadOasis Step 2 Al’s Marijuana Story This is Al’s marijuana story. Al was lazy a lot of the time. He didn't want to do his school work, and he lost his desire for physical activity and sports. He was often depressed, and he often felt bad about himself. He... Read more
The Most Poisonous Animal
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 3 One day Rachael Shardlow was swimming in the sea, near the mouth of the Calliope River in eastern Australia. Suddenly, she felt something wrap around her legs. A stinging pain shot through her body. Almost instantly, she couldn't see or breathe. Her brother... Read more
The Sleeping Princess
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Long, long ago, there lived a king and queen. They had everything to make them happy. They had servants, lands, gold, and the finest castle. But more than anything, they wanted a child. But they did not have one. Finally, after many years, they... Read more
The Most Famous Not a Protest Song (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The little boy didn't want to eat chicken. He did not like the flavor and smell, so he protested. He said, "I hate chicken! It tastes bad! I will never eat it -- ever! His mother looked at him and smiled. And she said, "Jimmy, that's... Read more
The Duke of Cowboy Actors
ReadOasis Step 2 May 26th marks the birth of the great American film star John Wayne. He was born in the US state of Iowa in 1907 with the name Marion Morrison. His father’s poor health caused the family to move to Southern California. And there, Wayne attended school... Read more
Swimmer Apologizes to his Fans
ReadOasis Step 2 Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps apologized to his fans after a newspaper published pictures of him using a marijuana pipe. Phelps won 8 gold medals in the 2008 Olympic Games. And he has won a total of 14 golds. But on February 2, 2009 a newspaper showed... Read more
The Land of Story-Books
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 3 At evening when the lamp is lit, Around the fire my parents sit; They sit at home and talk and sing, And do not play at anything. Now, with my little gun, I crawl All in the dark along the wall, And... Read more