Hawaiian Treasure
ReadOasis Step 3 Far into the middle of the Pacific Ocean rest the Hawaiian Islands. They are a paradise of nature and human civilization. They stand like green gardens in the center of the deep blue sea. Creative Commons Picture by Paul Bica Hawaii was first settled by Polynesians... Read more
20 Word Learning Tips
ReadOasis Step 2 Learning new words is a big part of learning any language. In English, well-educated native speakers know around 20,000 word families. That’s a lot! To read well in English without dictionary support, you need to know about 8,000 to 9,000 word families. That’s a lot, too.... Read more
The Little Book of Talent
Book Trailer by Daniel Coyle ReadOasis Step 5 (52 Tips for Improving your Skills) TIP #21: Think in vivid Images. Here’s a quick quiz. Which of the following is easier to do? 1. Take the tennis racket back in a straight horizontal line. 2. Take the tennis racket back... Read more
The Frog and the Mouse
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 A mouse and a frog were friends. Every morning the frog jumped out of the water. Then he went and visited his friend the mouse. The mouse lived in an opening in the side of a tree. After a short visit, the frog climbed... Read more
The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci
ReadOasis Step 2 Leonardo da Vinci began working on the Mona Lisa in 1503. But he didn't finish it for many years. In 1516, he took the painting from Italy to France. And he probably finished it there in 1519 before he died. Then the King of France bought... Read more
Happy Memories
By Dr. Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2 This exercise is all about re-living happy memories. Research shows that reflecting on what went well yesterday, no matter how trivial the event will make you feel happier. So simply think back about the last 24 hours and focus on what went... Read more
Happy to Write
ReadOasis Step 2 Mr. Sully stood in front of the class. His old, blue suit looked dirty and worn. His white shirt was turning brown. And his white socks looked gray inside his black shoes. He started speaking. But the class was not listening. He waved his hands to... 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
Animal Lessons
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) After a hot day, just before dark, a Florida woman is walking her dog near a small river. The dog is big, weighing 80 pounds (about 36 kilograms). But something bad is about to happen that the dog and woman do not expect. From... 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
Victor Frankenstein: A Mad Scientist
ReadOasis Step 4 Man, how ignorant you are in your pride of wisdom! - Victor Frankenstein As a young man, Victor Frankenstein was obsessed with the mixture of science and magic, and he desired to discover and make medicine that would give eternal life to the drinker. And he became... Read more
Rakugo: A Funny Side of Japan
ReadOasis Step 3 Rakugo is a form of Japanese comedy. In rakugo, a storyteller sits on a stage. The stage is simple. The storyteller has a Japanese fan and a small cloth. And he or she performs conversations between people. In the art of rakugo, these conversations come alive... Read more
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 Rabbit and the Turtle
ReadOasis Step 2 One day, a Rabbit was talking to a Turtle. The Rabbit said, "Turtle, Turtle, you are so slow. I feel so sorry for anyone who moves as slow as you!" "You feel sorry for me?" said the Turtle. "Then why don't we run a race to... Read more
Henry Ward Beecher, Friend of Slaves (Step 2)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 On February 5, 1860, a strange thing happened at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. Church members were not having a “bake sale.” They were having a “slave sale.”  But this sale was backwards. Church members were buying the freedom of a... Read more
The Dog and the Wolf
ReadOasis Step 3 One warm day a Dog lay down under a tree in a field. The wind blew softly and made the tall grass whisper. The light sparkled and danced on the leaves of the tree. And soon the Dog was fast asleep. He slept peacefully in the... Read more
Mary Shelley: Author of Frankenstein
ReadOasis Step 3 Mary Shelley was born on August 30, 1797 in London, England. She was the second daughter in her family. Her parents were Mary Wollstonecraft, a feminist, and William Godwin, a philosopher. Her mother died during childbirth. But her father was quick to marry again. Mary got... Read more
King Canute on the Seashore
ReadOasis Step 3 About one hundred years after Alfred the Great, there was a king of England named Canute. King Canute was a Dane. But the Danes were not so fierce and cruel as they had been when they were at war with King Alfred. The men and officers... 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 Tale of Peter Rabbit
By Beatrix Potter Retold at ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there were four little Rabbits. Their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. They lived with their mother under the ground by the root of a big tree. "Now, my dears," said the mother Rabbit one morning.... Read more