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The Stolen Cart
ReadOasis Step 2 By Ellen C. Babbitt A long time ago, there were two traders. They were good friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a big city. One day the village trader took his cart to the big city. He wanted to... Read more
The Tell-Tale Heart
By Edgar Allan Poe ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) This is a famous short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in 1843. The story is scary, and it may not be appropriate for young readers. Illustration by Harry Clarke It is true! I was very nervous,... Read more
The Story of Tavwots
By Mary Hunter Austin (1904) ReadOasis Step 3 The woman made baskets, so they called her The Basket Woman. Her eyes were dark, and in her eyes, you could see the wisdom and sadness of her people. The Basket Woman told stories about her people. They were native Americans... Read more
The Dark Day
ReadOasis Step 1 It was a normal day in the month of May. The morning was warm. The sun rose with a soft light. The sky was clear. The air was very still. There was no wind. Everyone thought, "What a beautiful day!" Then, the light of the sun... Read more
Sincerely, Mother Teresa
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 2 Mother Teresa in 1986 (Image Wikipedia) It was pouring rain. I was walking to a store, and as I did, I passed by a man. A homeless man for sure. He was huddled under a bench, trying to shield himself from the rain... Read more
Grace Darling
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Courtesy of RNLI/Grace Darling Museum It was a cold autumn day—windy, gray, and rainy. Like most stormy days in the north of England, the wind and rain came hard. People hurried through gray village streets in dark coats, holding onto their hats. Sharp sheets... Read more
The Wonder of the Taj Mahal
By Mirah Mayer ReadOasis Step 2 The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was completed around 1649 by the Muslim king Shah Jahan. Over 1,000 elephants and 22,000 workers took 22 years to build it. The Taj Mahal is located in the beautiful... Read more
Bill Gates: A Model for Business?
By Tek Smith ReadOasis Step 2 As a young man, Bill Gates had the idea to make a company. In 1975, he left Harvard University, and he started Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen. By 2007, Microsoft employed 78,000 people in 105 countries. Today about 90% of the world’s... Read more
Walt Disney’s Impossible Dream
ReadOasis Step 2 In 1934, Walt Disney began plans to make a movie. He wanted to create the first full-length animated film. But when people heard about his idea, they said it was a mistake. They thought it would destroy the Disney studio. Even Disney's brother and wife tried... Read more
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 full of regretGoodbye... Read more
Knowledge and Freedom
ReadOasis Step 1 Be careful of the man who really knows how to be a fool. Alec Fronimites Knowledge is power. Through science, we have learned to fly. We make medicine and build great cities. We use the power of nature. And we fill our cities with energy. Through... Read more
Seven Elements of Story Grammar (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Harry looked at his best friends Ron and Hermione. He was not smiling. He was alone at his uncle’s house for the summer. And Harry's uncle, aunt, and cousin were mean. Ron and Hermione stayed with their group of friends, a group that Harry... Read more
Johnny Cash: The Man in Black (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Johnny started singing, but he looked uncomfortable. The audition was not going well. Sam Phillips, the producer, listened politely. But he didn't smile. Johnny kept singing, but with no confidence. Then Mr. Phillips said, "Hold up!" Johnny and his friends stopped playing. Phillips said, "I hate... Read more
The Nature of Time
ReadOasis Step 2 A man was trying to understand the nature of time. In prayer, he asked God, "How long is a million years to you?" God answered, "A million years is like a minute." Then the man asked this. "God, how much is a million dollars to you?"... Read more
The Wolf and the Dog
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 One day a Wolf was walking through the forest. A light snow was falling among the tall, green trees, floating down like little white stars. The Wolf wandered slowly on, for he was sick, weak, and bony thin. His eyes were dark as death,... Read more
True Riches
Adapted from “The Fortune” In “The Golden Windows” By Laura E. Richards ReadOasis Step 2 One cloudy day a man was walking along the street. He was sad because his business was not going well. On top of that, he wanted to buy a horse, but he didn’t have... Read more
To Any Reader
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 1 As from the house your mother sees You playing round the garden trees, So you may see, if you will look Through the windows of this book, Another child, far, far away, And in another garden, play. But do not think you... 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
Little Red Riding Hood
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived a little girl. She was sweet and pretty and good, and everybody loved her. Her old grandmother was very fond of her. So the grandmother made the little girl a cute red coat with a hood. It suited... 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