The Drama of Darwin (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Little Anne Darwin was her father's pride and joy, and she loved her father with a special kindness. But in 1849, Anne became sick with a high fever. Her father tried long and hard to help her. But Anne didn’t get better, and she... Read more
Get Grit! (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Angela is smart and able. 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 teacher.... Read more
Exercise and Live Longer
ReadOasis Step 2 You are sitting in a nice restaurant. You are about to enjoy an expensive meal with a friend. But then a man sitting at the table next to you starts smoking. To make matters worse, he blows smoke in your face. Why? He doesn't want to... Read more
Newton’s Apple
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) 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 mother’s garden, and the apple had... 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
Habit Power (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (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. He walked... Read more
ET and Intelligent Life
ReadOasis Step 4 The film ET charmed the hearts of millions of children and adults. It was humorous and compelling, and it told an inspiring story about love and companionship. In one scene, ET points his finger to the sky, and he says, "ET phone home." This simple phrase... Read more
Rachel Carson, Nature Writer
ReadOasis Step 2 Rachel Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and nature writer. She started her career working for the government. She worked to take care of fish, animals, and the environment. But in the 1950s, she became a full-time nature writer.... Read more
Experience Flow
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Shaun White is a world famous snowboarder. Watch him slide down the pipe in slow motion. He goes up one side and flies into the air at an extreme height. Time stands still. Coming down, he gains speed and lands smoothly. Then he rises... Read more
Violent Games and Young Minds
ReadOasis Step 3 Millions of gamers were waiting for the day. On November 10, 2009, the game "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" was released. In the first 24 hours, about 4.7 million copies were sold. And the first day of revenue in the US and UK reached $310... Read more
A Little Sleep is Better Than Coffee (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 It has been a long day. You are tired from work and study. What should you do? Many people drink coffee or a power drink. But a new study suggests this. A short sleep might be better than a cup of coffee. Researchers studied caffeine. Caffeine... Read more
The Future of Water (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 Rajan is from northwestern Myanmar, near the border of India. He is 12 years old and lives in a small village called Pan Saung. It is a tranquil place far away from big cities. Life may be simple in this remote village, but it is not... Read more
Driving Motivation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Professor Harry Harlow thought that he had created a difficult puzzle. He placed a hinge on a block of wood. A hook held the hinge closed. A pin blocked the movement of the hook. To open the hinge you first had to remove the... Read more
A Definition of Health (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 A medical doctor was examining a patient. He summarized his diagnosis in the following way. "You're in superb health, and you'll live to be 80." The patient responded, "But, doctor, I am 80 right now. The doctor replied, "See, now what did I tell you? But... Read more
Gregor Mendel: Father of Genetics
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 A great tree comes from a small seed, and from small beginnings come great things. Gregor wanted to solve a problem. It was a big and important problem. But he was not a big and important man. And he was not studying... Read more
The Rules of Elite Success
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The computer sat in a funny little room at the Lakeside School in Seattle. It was a gift from the Mother’s Club. Costing $3,000, it was expensive at the time. But the mothers wanted the students to have a computer so they could have... Read more
The Singularity (Step 4)
By Tek Smith ReadOasis Step 4 Ashley was born on March 7, 2027. It's her birthday today, and she is 18 years old. Her birthday present will be a new computer. Her budget is 1,000 dollars, and today (March 7, 2045), this money will buy her a very powerful... Read more
Evolution by Natural Selection
ReadOasis Step 3 Evolution is a process of how living things change over time. Natural selection is the basic mechanism of evolution. It was introduced by Charles Darwin in 1859. He compared natural selection with artificial selection. In artificial selection, humans choose traits for breeding. For example, we can... Read more
He’s Got the Blues (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Isaac Newton People of all kinds have had emotional problems. For example, Beethoven, Abraham Lincoln, and Isaac Newton all experienced trouble with the blues. That is, at times they had trouble with some form of depression. Look at the case of Newton. He was born into... Read more
Dreams of the Moon
ReadOasis Step 2 On May 25, 1961, American President John F. Kennedy announced a big goal. He said, "I believe we should go to the moon." His plan was this. Land a man on the moon and return him safely to the earth within 10 years. The goal was... Read more