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The Gift of the Magi
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. These pennies were saved one and two at a time. To save this money, she had to fight with the vegetable man, the meat man,... Read more
The Boy Who Cried Wolf (Step 1)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) Illustration by Milo Winter The Boy was sleepy. It was not interesting staying in the fields all day and watching sheep. The sheep always did the same thing. They ate grass. They walked around, and they ate more grass. After that, they... Read more
Dick Whittington and His Cat
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) When King Edward the Third was the ruler, there was a poor boy named Dick Whittington. He had no parents, and he lived in a country village a long way from London. He was a smart little boy. He heard stories of London being... Read more
The Stone Baby
ReadOasis Step 2 The Stone Baby was lonesome. He looked over the cold, gray city from the side of a great building. But he could not move. This was the place where he had to stay forever. Then he said to himself: "When it was summer, I could see... Read more
The Deer and the Lion (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 One warm day a Deer went down to a river to get a drink. The water was smooth, cool, and clear, and he could see himself in it. The Deer looked at his horns in the reflection and felt pride. He said to himself, "My horns... Read more
The Golden Goose
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time there was a Goose who had beautiful golden feathers. Not far away from this Goose lived a very poor woman, who had two daughters. The Goose saw that they had a hard time to get... Read more
Master of Words: Bob Dylan
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It was January 1961. In the cold north of Minnesota, a young man of 19 years packed his bags. He was going to New York City. By car, the trip would take over 18 hours. And he was travelling by his thumb. In other... Read more
Jumping Frog
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A friend of mine in the East asked me to visit old Simon Wheeler. He wanted me to ask about his friend, Leonard W. Smiley. I did as my friend asked, and I found Simon Wheeler sleeping by the stove in... Read more
The Farmer and the Birds
ReadOasis Step 1 By Aesop A Mother Bird made her house in a field. And the field was full of green wheat. As days passed, the wheat grew taller and taller. And her baby Birds became bigger and stronger. As summer ended, the wheat turned the color of gold.... Read more
Easy Jokes for English Learners
ReadOasis Step 1 Teacher: How much is 3 x 3? Student: The answer is 9. Teacher: That’s pretty good. Student: Pretty good?! It’s perfect. Teacher: What do you call a person who keeps talking when people are not interested? Student: A teacher. Father: You should get a job. Son:... Read more
The Exact Science of Matrimony
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Jeff Peters and Andy Tucker could never be trusted. One day, the two men decided to open a marriage business to make some quick and easy money. The first thing they did was to write an advertisement to be published in... Read more
The Return of a Private
By Hamlin Garland ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The soldiers cheered. The train crossed the border into Wisconsin. It had been a long trip. They had travelled from the south back to their homes in the north. One of the men had a large red scar across his forehead.... 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
Bird Leg Test
ReadOasis Step 2 It was three o'clock in the morning. And Jonah was tired. "I think I'm ready for the test," he said to himself. Then he fell asleep at his desk. When he opened his eyes, he saw the clock in front of his face. The red numbers... Read more
The Dog and His Shadow
ReadOasis Step 2 A big dog was walking through the streets one day. As he walked along, he passed the meat seller's shop. And there he saw it: the best sight in the world. In front of the shop, was a table. And on the table were large, juicy... Read more
Knocking on Heaven’s Door
ReadOasis Step 2 He came out of nowhere. In 1961, he just appeared in New York City, wanting to do music. And in one short year, he held a record contract in his hand. By the middle of the 1960s, he had reached the top of the pop music... Read more
James Hogg and His Dog
ReadOasis Step 2 There was a poor man who lived in Scotland. His work was to care for the sheep. His name was James Hogg. His family also worked as shepherds. He took care of a rich man’s sheep. They belonged to Eric Water. Sometimes he had many baby... Read more
Little Snow White
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Illustration by Franz Jüttne A long time ago, a Queen sat near a window in her castle. It was the middle of winter. Snow was falling like feathers from the clouds. The window had a black frame, and the Queen sat in front if... Read more
The Minister’s Horse
ReadOasis Step 2 One day a man was walking down the street. He was tired. As he walked, he passed a church. He saw the Minister of the church. The Minister was getting on his horse. The man spoke, "Dear Minister. I am very tired from walking. And I... 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