JK Rowling and Harry Potter (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 After graduating from university in 1983, JK Rowling was living in London. She worked for the human rights group Amnesty International. But in 1990, she decided to move to Manchester. After spending a weekend looking for an apartment, she took the train back to London. It... Read more
The Wisdom of Socrates (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The man mixed the hemlock plant into a drink. It was a strong cup of poison. And then, a slave led the man into a room where Socrates was waiting. When Socrates saw the man, he said, "Now, good sir, you understand these things. What must... Read more
Six Keys to a Healthy Life
ReadOasis Step 3 Jeanne Calment was a French woman who lived 122 years. She was born in 1875 and died in 1997. Many records verify her age, and they show that she lived longer than any other human being. At age 85, she started to learn the sport of... Read more
Verbal, Visual, & Vocal Communication
ReadOasis Step 2 What is good communication? Psychologist Albert Mehrabian researches three elements of communication: words, tone of voice, and body language. More interestingly, Mehrabian studied how people communicate feelings and attitudes. If your body language and tone of voice disagree with your words, listeners tend to believe your body... Read more
How to Acquire Language (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 How do humans acquire languages? The answer is remarkably simple. All people everywhere acquire languages in the same way. “We acquire languages by understanding messages.” This is called the “comprehension hypothesis,” and it was made famous by the distinguished linguist Dr. Stephen Krashen. I give this... Read more
Reading is Smart (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Dan Hurley is a writer. He writes best-selling books about science, and he writes popular stories for the world’s best newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Wired Magazine. In a word, he is a big success. But when... Read more
Music: Good for Your Ears
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Clive Wearing sits at the piano. He stretches out his hands and fingers. He takes a deep breath. Then he begins to play. His fingers strike the keys, and the piano hammers hit the strings. The strings vibrate in beautiful harmony and precise rhythm.... Read more
Saint Paul: The Most Influential Christian
ReadOasis Step 3 Saint Paul (AD 3-62) is the first major Christian missionary and theologian. He was educated as a Jewish religious leader. And when Christianity began to spread, Paul worked hard to oppose and persecute Christians. But ironically he became a Christian himself after experiencing a vision of... Read more
Extensive Reading, Because it Works!
  This is Professor Thomas Robb from Kyoto Sangyo University, and he is one of the world’s renowned experts on extensive graded reading.  Q: Tell us. Why should students do extensive reading? Dr. Robb: Why? Because it works. I’ve done it for Japanese as well. Really? Yeah. So I chose a mystery... Read more
Get Power with Body Language (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 "Power posing actually causes people to become more powerful." -- Amy Cuddy Amy Cuddy: Wonder Woman Pose (by Thatcher Cook) It was 4:00 A.M, and the sky was black as night. A single car was moving down a long and narrow road. Three young college girls... Read more
Why Philosophy? (Step 4)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 4 Philosophy is a discipline for thinking about the world, the universe, and people. Philosophy is abstract. It’s about ideas and thoughts, such as love, beauty, or truth. But philosophy also deals with the real world. Ethics is a part of philosophy, dealing... Read more
The Happiness Class (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 In his last year of high school, Alan didn't sleep much. Instead, he studied. Sometimes he crammed for exams all night. Sometimes he drank 3 or 4 cans of energy drinks so that he could study more. And he felt the agony of overwork. He got... Read more
Six Culture Conflicts (Part 1)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Joel held the warm, brown cup in both his hands. With his eyes, he smiled at Matt and drank his hot chocolate. "Ready to go?" asked Matt. "Yeah," said Joel. "Let’s go home." They stood up at the same time, put on their coats,... Read more
Dating Advice from the Rabbi (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 It’s Friday night, and the building is filling up with people. They have come for a prayer meeting. They have come to hear the teacher give a message. The teacher is called rabbi. As the meeting starts, the rabbi is standing in front. He looks at... Read more
King John and the Priest
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) King John from the British Library There was once a king of England whose name was John. He was a bad king. He was strict and mean to his people. As long as he could have whatever he wanted, he did not care what... Read more
Common Craft and Twitter
ReadOasis Step 1 Common Craft is a great website. Their product is explanation. They make short videos. Their videos are simple, and they explain big ideas in plain English. ReadOasis and Common Craft are similar. Common Craft shares big tech ideas with video in plain English. And ReadOasis shares... Read more
Wolves and the Balance of Nature
ReadOasis Step 2 Yellowstone is a large park in the northern US. It became a National Park in 1872. This means the government protects the natural beauty and animals of the park. But in 1914, the government paid to kill all the predators in Yellowstone. Predators eat other animals.... Read more
The Wordy Turtle
ReadOasis Step 1 Once upon a time, a turtle named Kameko lived in a lake with two Ducks. The Ducks and Kameko enjoyed good friendship. Kameko liked spending time with the Ducks because she could talk with them to her heart's content. Kameko liked to talk. She always had... Read more
The Happiness Class (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 In his last year of high school, Alan didn't sleep much. Instead, he studied. Sometimes he studied all night. Sometimes he drank 3 or 4 cans of energy drinks so that he could study more. And he suffered. He got headaches, back pain, and he became... Read more
The King of the Blues
ReadOasis Step 4 B.B. King was a great master of blues guitar. Though he passed away on May 14, 2015, he lived to be 89, and he played professionally for nearly 70 years. (His first recording was in 1949.) Because of his last name and his great influence, fans... Read more