Choosing a College
ReadOasis Step 2 Adapted from Mary and Joe are from Portland, Oregon. They are both sixteen years old, and they have many friends. But when they go to college, they may have to leave their hometown and friends. Mary likes the arts, especially music. And Joe likes English,... Read more
Isaac Watts: Father of Hymns (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 By Maria Sonora A hymn is a song of praise to God. In many cultures, people sing hymns at church services and on special celebrations like Christmas. Many prominent musicians today, such as Beyonce Knowles, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, and Carrie Underwood mastered singing and performing... Read more
The Trial of Galileo
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Ideas on Trial Galileo was old, weak, and ill. But he had to make the 200 mile journey to Rome in the middle of winter. Why all this trouble? The leader of the Church, the Pope, demanded it. Galileo must go on trial for... Read more
The Story of Aspirin
ReadOasis Step 3 For Jim, the morning started in pain. It was a sharp pain in the front of his head. It hurt so bad that he found it hard to get out of bed. But he had to get up because today was another busy day at work. He... Read more
Beginners Get Sorted
A Book Trailer ReadOasis Step 4 Sorted is built from a group of old school friends, most of whom couldn't cook. Ben, a chef, started showing us his recipes on the back of *beer mats. And what began as a small group of school mates looking for food solutions,... Read more
The Rude Guest
ReadOasis Step 2 Portrait of John Randolph by W. Jarvis One day a man from Virginia left his home. His name was John Randolph. He was going to ride his horse to a town many miles away. He did not know the road very well. But he was a... Read more
The Ruler and the Gardener
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a Ruler of Cordova, a country that is now in Northern Africa. The Ruler’s name was Al Mansour. One day, a strange merchant came to him. The merchant had diamonds and pearls. He had brought them from beyond the sea. The... Read more
This Old Man
A Traditional Children's Song ReadOasis Step 1 This old man, he played one, He played knick knack with his thumb, With a *knick, knack, paddy whack, Give the dog a bone; This old man came rolling home. This old man, he played two, He played knick knack with my... Read more
She is Morning Sunrise
From West African Folk-Tales By William H. Barker Retold by ReadOasis at Step 2 Africa Day By William Murphy (Creative Commons) A man had a very beautiful daughter. She was so lovely that people in all the villages called her "Morning Sunrise." Every young man who saw her wanted... 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
Little Ben’s Whistle
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, a little boy lived in Boston. His name was Ben Franklin. On his seventh birthday, his mother gave him a few pennies. He looked at the bright, yellow pieces. "What shall I do with these pennies, mother?" he asked. This was the... Read more
Experienced in the Blues: Eric Clapton
ReadOasis Step 2 In June 1999, Eric Clapton sold 100 of his guitars. And his 1956 Fender guitar went for the record price of $497,500. In total, the sale brought in $5 million dollars. And Clapton gave the money to a drug and alcohol clinic that he started. After... Read more
The Space Shuttle
ReadOasis Step 2 The first Space Shuttle was called the Enterprise. It was made in 1976. It was used only for testing. And it did not fly into space. The Enterprise flew on top of a large airplane (a Boeing 747). For testing, it was released from the top... Read more
The Ransom of Red Chief
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) It looked like a good thing. Bill Driscoll and I were down south, in Alabama. This kidnapping idea struck us. There was a town, as flat as a pancake, called Summit. Bill and I had about six hundred dollars. We needed... Read more
ReadOasis Step 2 Most serious learners of English know about the TOEFL. But did you know that many American colleges and universities accept two major English tests? First, they accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL. And second, they accept the International English Language Testing... Read more
Cars, Cars, Cars
ReadOasis Step 2 In the modern world, many people cannot live easily without a car, but just 100 years ago, that was not the case. The Ford Motor Company produced its first car in 1903. It was called the Ford Model A, and a doctor from Chicago, Illinois, became... Read more
Gratitude Attitude
By Dr. Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 This exercise is all about the power of gratitude. Research shows that thinking about aspects of your life for which you’re grateful will make you feel happier. So spend a few moments thinking about just one thing for which you have a... Read more
Awarding Excellence: The Pulitzer Prize
ReadOasis Step 3 The Color Purple is a book about a black woman named Celie. The story tells of her life and struggles, as she grew up in the Southern United States during the 1930s. The book was written by Alice Walker. And the movie version was directed by... Read more
Gandhi: Man of Peace (Step 1)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 1 Five times they tried to kill him. Five times they failed. But today was different. It was a usual day. Gandhi was on his way to a meeting. He was going to talk to the people. He always talked about peace. But... Read more
A Lesson in Manners
ReadOasis Step 2 One morning there was a loud knock at Dean Swift's door. His servant opened it. There was a man outside holding a fat duck that had just been killed. "Here's a present for Dean. It's from Mr. Boyle," the man said. He pushed the bird into... Read more