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
The Boarded Window
By Ambrose Bierce ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Editor’s note: This is a scary story and may not be appropriate for younger readers. In 1830, only a few miles away from what is now the great city of Cincinnati, Ohio, there lay a huge, almost endless, forest. The area... Read more
One Thousand Dollars
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) "One thousand dollars," said the lawyer Tolman. His voice was severe and serious. "And here is the money.” Young Gill touched the thin package of fifty-dollar bills and laughed. "It's such a strange amount," he explained to the lawyer. His face... Read more
The Luck of Roaring Camp
By Bret Harte ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Roaring Camp was the noisiest gold mining town in California. More than one-hundred men from every part of the United States had come to that little camp. They stopped there for a short time on their way to getting rich. Many... Read more
A Feel for English
ReadOasis Step 1 Jack fell asleep under a pile of books. When he woke up, he pushed away the pile and said, “Oh no! Tomorrow’s test! I gotta study more words and rules.” And so he did, all night long. Mary sat in an easy chair, enjoying a light... Read more
The Crow and the Glass
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 It was high noon. The sun burned bright and hot in the sky. The ground was baked and dry. In the burning heat, a Crow was standing on the hard ground. He tried to move his wings, but he could not fly. In fact,... Read more
The Last Leaf
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Nephelim Many artists lived in the Greenwich Village area of New York. Two young women named Sue and Johnsy shared a studio apartment at the top of a three-story building. Johnsy's real name was Joanna. In November,... Read more
The General and the Fox
ReadOasis Step 3 There was once a Greek general named Aristomenes. As a military leader, he was brave and wise. All the Greeks loved him. One day, there was a big battle with the Spartans. Aristomenes had a great army. But they were defeated. The Spartans took Aristomenes. And... Read more
The Cask of Amontillado
By Edgar Allan Poe ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Fortunato and I were both members of very old and important Italian families. We used to play together when we were children. Fortunato was bigger, richer, and more handsome than I was. He also enjoyed making me look like a... Read more
The Broken Promise
By Andrew Lang (1894) ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A long time ago, an Indian hunter built himself a house. It was in the middle of a great forest, far away from all his people. His heart was gentle and kind, and he was tired of the evil deeds... Read more
A Horseman in the Sky
By Ambrose Bierce ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Carter Druse was born in Virginia. He loved his parents, his home and the South. But he loved his country, too. And in the autumn of 1861, when the United States was divided by a terrible civil war, Carter Druse, a... Read more
The Dark Day
ReadOasis Step 1 It was a normal day in the month of May. The morning was warm. The sun rose with a soft light. The sky was clear. The air was very still. There was no wind. Everyone thought, "What a beautiful day!" Then, the light of the sun... Read more
The Story of Tavwots
By Mary Hunter Austin (1904) ReadOasis Step 3 The woman made baskets, so they called her The Basket Woman. Her eyes were dark, and in her eyes, you could see the wisdom and sadness of her people. The Basket Woman told stories about her people. They were native Americans... Read more
The Tell-Tale Heart
By Edgar Allan Poe ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) This is a famous short story by Edgar Allan Poe. It was first published in 1843. The story is scary, and it may not be appropriate for young readers. Illustration by Harry Clarke It is true! I was very nervous,... Read more
The Stolen Cart
ReadOasis Step 2 By Ellen C. Babbitt A long time ago, there were two traders. They were good friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a big city. One day the village trader took his cart to the big city. He wanted to... Read more
Luck
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) I was at a dinner in London given in honor of one of the most celebrated English military men of his time. I do not want to tell you his real name and titles. I will just call him Lieutenant General... Read more
Reading and Brain Power
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) This is a dramatization and simple summary of a famous paper by Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich. “Thank you everyone for coming to tonight’s lecture. We are excited to have with us Professor Anne E. Cunningham from the University of California, Berkeley.... Read more
The North Wind and the Sun
ReadOasis Step 3 Image Gutenberg.org One day the sun and the wind had a quarrel. The wind said, "I am stronger than you." "No," said the sun, "I am stronger than you." While they were disputing, they saw a traveler coming down the road. He wore a heavy coat.... Read more
The Wolf and the Dog
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 One day a Wolf was walking through the forest. A light snow was falling among the tall, green trees, floating down like little white stars. The Wolf wandered slowly on, for he was sick, weak, and bony thin. His eyes were dark as death,... Read more
Two Men and a Bear (Step 1)
By Aesop Retold by ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 1 Two men were walking together through the woods. As they walked, they enjoyed the smell of flowers and the songs of birds in the air. But then suddenly, everything became quiet. The men looked around, feeling that something bad was about... Read more