Get Grit! (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Angela is smart and talented. But those are not her best qualities. In her first year at Harvard University, she took a course in biology. But she failed the first big tests, and she was getting an F in the class. She spoke to her biology... Read more
Newton’s Apple
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons photo by Kevin Bedel A light wind blew through the garden and shook the trees. From one tree, an apple fell and hit the ground. Isaac heard the sound, and it disturbed his thoughts. At the time, he was walking in his... Read more
The Trial of Galileo
ReadOasis Step 2 It was the middle of winter. Galileo was old, weak, and sick. But he had to make the 200 mile (320 kilometer) trip to Rome in the cold. Why all this trouble? The Head of the Roman Church said so. Galileo must go on trial for... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Doctor Harry Harlow made a difficult puzzle. At least he thought it was difficult. On a block of wood, he placed a metal catch called a hinge. A hinge is a piece of metal joined to a door. It allows the door to open... Read more
Spreading Deadly Ebola
ReadOasis Step 3 Patrick Sawyer was in danger, but he didn’t know it. He was in Liberia and working for the government. During that time, he was caring for his sister. She was extremely sick and getting worse every day. On July 7, 2014, Patrick’s sister died. The cause... Read more
The Storytelling Animal
Book Trailer by Jonathan Gottschall ReadOasis Step 5 Statisticians believe they could get a monkey to type Hamlet if they can only convince one to randomly thwack a typewriter for a long, long time. But a monkey already wrote Hamlet, or at least a great ape did. And long... Read more
Are Lectures Effective? (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The teacher stood in front of the class. He put his notes on a tall stand. The stand was in the middle of the room, and the teacher could move around behind it. As he faced the class, there were many windows on his... Read more
Practice Makes Genius (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Creative Commons Photo by Ludovic Peron Tiger Woods started playing golf when he was two years old. Basically from birth, Tiger was trained by his father to become a great golfer. As a boy, baseball marvel Ichiro Suzuki practiced with his father every day. The practice... Read more
Reading Power
When people ask about English language ability, what is their first question? Usually, they ask this. “Can you speak English?” The total number of native English speakers in the world today is around 375,000,000 people. And about a billion people are learning English. The Economist, a news magazine, said... 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 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
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
Happiness in 59 Seconds
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 Drama of Darwin
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, Anne died and was buried in a small church in Worcestershire. The words on... 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
A Nap is Better than Coffee
ReadOasis Step 2 When you are tired from work or study, what do you do? Many people drink coffee or an energy drink. But a new study suggests this. A short sleep might be better for you than a cup of coffee. Researchers studied caffeine. Caffeine is found in... Read more
Habit Power (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Will walked into the large office area and looked around. He was carrying a cup of coffee, and he spilled some on his hand. “Ouch!” he said. “That’s hot!” He looked around, but all the other workers were busy. They didn’t even notice him.... Read more
Hot States
Youtube Video by Dan Ariely ReadOasis Step 3 When emotions take over, we become different people. In fact, we become so different that it’s hard for us to recognize ourselves and realize what we could be doing in this other state. So for example you could make all the... Read more
Ben Franklin’s Curious Kite
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) “Quick! A storm is coming! Maybe there will be thunder and lightning! Get the kite, and let’s go fly it in the storm!” Photo by GPTMC Imagine hearing these words from your father. You might think going out to play in a storm is... Read more
Practice Makes Genius (Step 4)
By D.S. Aims ReadOasis Step 4 Tiger Woods started playing golf when he was two years old. Tiger was a mere toddler when his father began training him to become a great golfer. As a boy, baseball phenomenon Ichiro Suzuki practiced with his father every day. The practice sessions... Read more