The Mindset Message (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Some people say that “hard work is more important than innate intelligence.” To test this, researchers gave this message to a group of people. Then something amazing happened. Right after hearing the message, the people showed real changes in their brains. Is this true? Can a... Read more
Dear Skeptical Reader!
ReadOasis: So this is our our second question with Dr. Richard Day. And this is from a student, and basically it’s this: What would you say to a student who doesn’t want to do ER because, let’s say, he or she wants to spend more time improving their listening... Read more
Momotaro – The Peach Boy (Step 1)
A Story from Japan ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) Long ago in Japan, there lived a poor old man and woman. The old man often went to the high places to cut grass. The old woman often went to the river to wash clothes. One day, while she was... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason #1 — Ease & Enjoyment
The famous professor of Psychology, B.F. Skinner said, “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love for reading”. I’m Joseph Poulshock, PhD., and I am asking the question, “Why read big?”  Reason number is because of “Ease and Enjoyment”. To learn English, to learn a foreign language... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason #2 — Big Reading Works!
Time Magazine asked the famous businessman, Bill Gates if he thought reading helped him become more successful. And he said, “Yes absolutely! Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.” My name is Joseph Poulshock aka Dr. Shock, and I’m asking the question, “Why Read... Read more
Why Read Big — Reason 3
Keeping Community in a Time of Social Distancing My office was moved to Tokyo. To unpack and set up the space, I had to go downtown. I didn’t want to take a crowded train, so I drove my car.  To have less contact with people, I bought lunch and... Read more
Richard Wagner, Musician
ReadOasis Step 2 Richard Wagner was born on May 22, 1813. He was a famous German musician and writer. He wrote operas, or “music dramas.” Unlike many writers of opera, he wrote the words and music for all his works. Wagner’s music is known for being intense, complex, and... Read more
Why Read Big — Reason 4
The Dangers of March 15 (The Ides of March)
ReadOasis Step 2 The leaders of Rome were not happy with Julius Caesar. He had become too powerful. Caesar had refused the title of king. But he had become ruler for life. He had even put his image on Roman coins. And this was an honor only for the... Read more
Nice and Easy Quotes About Reading
ReadOasis Step 2 To inspire us read more, it always helps to have a good role model. When I was a boy, my father read to me before I went to bed. I can still remember the books he read to me! In this way, my father showed me... Read more
The Lord of the Rings
ReadOasis Step 2 The One Ring was power, and the Council had it. If a man wore it, he could control the world. But the Ring’s power came from Sauron. His power — in the ring — would destroy you. And his power would destroy all goodness. The Council... Read more
How to Do Big, Easy Reading!
ReadOasis Step 1 How do you do big, easy reading? Well first, what is “easy”? Here’s where people make a big mistake. They think knowing 70% or 80% of the words in a story is easy. But in just 4 pages, 80% = 200 unknown words! That’s way too... Read more
5 Amazing Facts About Reading
What’s the best way to improve your English? Of course, there are many ways. But big, easy reading is one of the best. And it probably has the most research and evidence to support it. What is big, easy reading? First, you read lots of books and stories. That’s... Read more
Happiness in 59 Seconds (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) Jim sat into a soft, red chair. He looked down, and then he started to cry. “Am I asking too much?” he said. “I just want to be happy.” Dr. Jones gave Jim a box of paper tissues. “Thank you,” said Jim as he... Read more
The Seven Habits Made Easy
Max is running late. He hurries out the door of his apartment, holding a cup of coffee. Then he sees his bus. “It’s leaving!” he cries. Max starts to run, but he trips over a rock and falls. His coffee flies out of his hands and spills all over... Read more
Making Work Fun: The Levity Effect
A manager at a company was interviewing a job candidate. The manager said, “We need a very responsible person for this job. We need someone who can take charge.” The candidate’s eyes lit up, and he responded with great enthusiasm. “Sir, your search ends here! I’m the one. In... Read more
Grow Your Mindset!
Mike waited and waited. Was it going to be good news or bad news? Who would be in, and who would be out? Would he make the team or not? Finally, the coach put two lists on the door of the school gym. Mike looked at the list for... Read more
Drifting Cowboy: Hank Williams
Hank would never make it to the concert. There were too many problems. It was icy cold outside. He sat under a cover in the back of his light blue Cadillac car. He was heading to the city of Canton, Ohio, to give a big concert on New Year’s... Read more
Story Power
Dorothy looked up into the sky. And she started to sing. Her soft voice rose up gently in the air. Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high There’s a land that I’ve heard of once in a lullaby. Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue And the dreams that... Read more
The Boy on Graves-End Road
By Caty Weaver Kelly Ryan was making dinner. Her ten-year-old son Benjamin was watching television in the living room. Or, at least she thought he was. “Benny-boy, do you want black beans or red beans?” “Red beans, Mama.” Ben had come up quietly right behind her. “Don’t do that,... Read more