The Line of Least Resistance
By Edith Wharton ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Mister Mindon returned home for lunch. His wife Mary was not at home. The servants did not know where she was. Mister Mindon sat alone at the table in the garden. He ate a small piece of meat and drank some... Read more
The Farmer and the Actor (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 It was summer in Small-town. A famous actor was visiting from New York. He walked through the fields and enjoyed the beautiful sights. He loved the country. It was quiet. The air was clean and fresh. The scenery was beautiful, and the smells were delightful. He... Read more
ANTs in your Brain
ReadOasis Step 2 Jane took a deep breath. She reached for the door, opened it, and stepped into the room. When she looked up, she saw five men in dark suits, sitting in a row. Jane introduced herself and took another deep breath. The man in the middle waved... 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
Learn to Be Lucky (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Devin woke up late. He skipped breakfast and got in his car and drove off in a hurry. But the traffic was dreadful. "Another bad day," he said to himself. "Maybe I will have another accident." But he didn't have one more accident. He had two... Read more
The Themes of Frankenstein
ReadOasis Step 5 The author of Frankenstein (Mary Shelly) focuses on three critical themes. She is concerned with how we use science for good or evil; how we develop technology but become enslaved by it, and how we receive from nature the power of life and death. Knowledge Shelly... Read more
The Three Bears
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) Once upon a time, there were three bears. They lived together in a little house in the middle of the woods. One of them was a Little Bear. One was a Middle-Sized Bear, and the other was a Big Bear. Every morning the bears... Read more
The Lion and the Mouse (Step 4)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 4 It was a dark and gloomy night, deep in the Gir Forest of India. A great Lion was sleeping under a magnificent teak tree. As he slept and snored, his breath sounded like gusts of wind. Every time the Lion opened an eye and... Read more
Halloween Jack and His Lantern
ReadOasis Step 1 This is the story of Halloween night. It happened in Ireland a long time ago. There was a man named Jack. He drank too much. One day Jack met a Devil. The Devil wanted a human soul. "Hello Jack, I want your soul," said the Devil.... Read more
The God of His Fathers
By Jack London ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Note: This is a scary story, and it may not be appropriate for young readers. Silently the wolves circled the herd of caribou deer. Gray bellies close to the ground, the wolves in the pack surrounded a pregnant deer. They pulled... Read more
Is Reading Really That Good?
ReadOasis Step 3 The candidate walked into the cold, concrete classroom, which had been converted into an interview chamber. He seemed hesitant and nervous. He looked up and saw the silhouettes of two professors sitting at small desks on the opposite side of the room. Behind the professors, the... Read more
The Otters and the Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 Creative Commons Photo by by mape_s One day a Wolf said to her mate, “A longing has come upon me to eat fresh fish.” “I will go and get some for you,” said the mate. And he went down... Read more
The Wind and the Sun
ReadOasis Step 2 By Aesop An argument arose between the North Wind and the Sun. Each claimed that he was stronger than the other. At last, they agreed to test their powers upon a traveller. They would see who could get the man to take off his coat first.... Read more
Lovely Elonca
By Andrew LangReadOasis Step 3(Part 1) There was once a king’s son who told his father that he wished to marry. “No, no!” said the king. “You must not be in such a hurry. Wait till you have done some great deed. My father did not let me marry... Read more
World Financial Crisis 2009
ReadOasis Step 2 The world is in financial crisis. American employers cut 598,000 jobs in January 2009. This is the most job cuts in one month in the US since December 1974. 11.6 million people in the US don't have work. That is about 7.6% of people who can... Read more
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The Farmer and the Actor (Step 1)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 It was summer in a small country town. An actor was visiting from the big city. He walked through the fields and enjoyed the beautiful place. He loved the country. It was quiet. The air was clean and clear. The view was beautiful and... Read more
The Doll Festival (Step 2)
By Zoe Nova ReadOasis Step 2 Japan is a land of festivals. And on March 3, Japanese families may celebrate the "Hina Matsuri" or Doll Festival. This is also called Girl's Day. On Girl's day, families pray for the health and happiness of their girls. During the Doll Festival,... 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
Momotaro — The Peach Boy (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Long ago in Japan, there lived a poor old man and woman. The old man often went to the mountains to cut grass. The old woman often went to the river to wash clothes. One day, while she was washing, a big pink thing... Read more