Confucius: An Icon of Chinese Culture
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) The teacher spoke his mind. He told the truth as he saw it, and this apparently offended leaders who had great power. And so, the teacher, whose name was Confucius, was forced into exile. He had to leave the state... Read more
The Deer and the Lion (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 One warm day a Deer went down to a brook to get a drink. The stream was smooth and clear, and he could see himself in the water. He looked at his horns and was very proud of them, for they were large and long and... Read more
The Open Boat
By Stephen Crane ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) The small lifeboat bounced from wave to wave in the rough Atlantic sea. The four men in the boat could not see the sky. The waves rose too high. The waves had white tops that pushed the open boat. Every man... Read more
A Childish Psychology
ReadOasis Step 2 Photo by J. Môsieur (CC) Teachers are always trying to find new ways to improve their classes. This is called teacher development. For example, teachers can learn about new materials, books, and computer programs. They also can study about the latest ideas and theories. Besides this,... Read more
Metal Music and Metallica
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) I am an alcoholic and an addict and I didn't want to see my children do the same thing. Ozzy Osbourne, heavy metal singer Heavy metal is a style of rock music developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It has roots in... Read more
Isaac Watts: Father of Hymns (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A hymn is a song of praise to God. People sing hymns at church services and on special holidays like Christmas. Many famous musicians, such as Beyonce Knowles, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, and Carrie Underwood, learned singing and performing at church. That is, they grew up... Read more
Al Mansur and the Poet
ReadOasis Step 3 Al Mansur (Image, Wikipedia) A long time ago, there was a famous Arab leader. His name was Al Mansur. He was the ruler of all the Arabs, and so he was called the caliph. Al Mansur loved songs and poems. And he liked to hear poets... Read more
The Drama of Darwin (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Annie Darwin was her father's joy, and she treated him with tender kindness. But in 1849 Annie became sick with severe fever. Charles struggled to cure her, but in 1851, Annie died and was buried in a small church in Worcestershire. The words on... Read more
The Swing
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 1 How do you like to go up in a swing, Up in the air so blue? Oh, I do think it the most pleasant thing Ever a child can do! Up in the air and over the wall, Till I can see... Read more
Just Kidding?
ReadOasis Step 2 A young engineer just finished his studies. And he was looking for work. He got an interview at General Electric (GE), one of the biggest companies in the world. The interview went well. But at the end, the man from GE said, "Let me ask you... Read more
The Ice Cream Man
ReadOasis Step 1 Tom Carvel invented soft-serve ice cream. Carvel was born in Greece on July 14, 1906, and he moved to America when he was a child. As a young man, he borrowed $15 from his future wife Agnes, and he started selling ice cream from a truck.... Read more
The Wise Goat and the Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Once upon a time, many, many wild Goats lived in a cave in the side of a hill. A Wolf lived with his mate not far from this cave. Like all Wolves they liked the taste of Goat-meat. So... Read more
Rakugo: A Funny Side of Japan
ReadOasis Step 2 Sakura started to cry. "No Tora-san! You can't leave again! I know that life is hard for you here. But when you leave, it's harder for me." Tora-san watched Sakura cry and wipe her tears. He felt so sorry for her, but he didn't say anything.... Read more
Hansel and Gretel
By the Brothers Grimm ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A long time ago, there lived a poor wood cutter and his wife. The wood cutter had two children from his first marriage. His little boy was called Hansel, and his little girl was named Gretel. The family lived near... Read more
The Boy Who Rode Sidesaddle
ReadOasis Step 2 When Daniel Webster was a child he lived in the country. His home was far from any city. He was not very strong. He could not work on the farm like his brothers. But he loved books and study. He was very young when he was... Read more
Easter Story
ReadOasis Step 2 These were the most difficult days of their lives. Their eyes were red and dry. These women had cried out all their tears. He was their leader and teacher. He was their best friend. He changed their lives and made their world new again. He gave... Read more
The Future of Water (Step 1)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 1 Rajan is from northwestern Myanmar. He is 12 years old and lives in a small village called Pan Saung. It is a quiet place far away from big cities. Life may be simple in this far off village, but it is not... 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
Choosing a Major
By Daniel Pink (Author of A Whole New Mind) ReadOasis Step 3 Students choosing a college major should follow their interests. That’s easy. You should choose something you’re interested in, simple as that. If you try to choose your major based on getting a job when you graduate or... Read more
The Enemy is Fat
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) George arrives at work every day at nine in the morning. All day long, he sits at his desk working with a computer. His job is pretty easy, and the pay is not bad. But little does he know that day by day George... Read more