The Bridge
By Ambrose Bierce ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Mattinbgn A man stood on a railroad bridge in Alabama. He was looking down into the swift waters of the Owl Creek River below. The man's hands were tied behind his back. There was a rope around... Read more
Pigs is Pigs
By Ellis Parker Butler ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Mike Flannery, the agent of the Interurban Express Company, leaned over the desk in the company’s office in Westcote and shook his fist. Mr. Morehouse, angry and red, stood on the other side of the desk, shaking with fury. The... Read more
A Piece of Red Calico
By Frank Stockton ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) I was going to town one morning when my wife gave me a little piece of red calico cloth. She asked me if I would have time during the day, to buy her two and a half meters of calico cloth... Read more
The Stolen Letter
By Edgar Allan Poe ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) One evening in 1845, I went to visit a friend. His name was August Dupin. It was autumn, and we were in Paris. We were smoking our pipes and talking. Suddenly, the door opened. Mr. German came into the room.... Read more
Feathertop
By Nathaniel Hawthorne ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The long cold winter was gone at last. At first, the cold nights went away slowly. Then suddenly, the warm days of spring started to come. There was new life again in the earth. Things started to grow and come up.... Read more
Bartleby
By Herman Melville ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) I am an old lawyer. I have three men who work for me. My business grew, so I hired one more man to help write legal papers. I have met a great many people in my life. But the man who... Read more
The Californian’s Tale
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I never found enough to make me rich, but I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called "The Stand". The Stand was like Heaven on Earth.... Read more
A Pair of Silk Stockings
By Kate Chopin ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Little Missus Sommers one day found herself the unexpected owner of fifteen dollars. It seemed to her a very large amount of money. The way it filled up her worn money holder gave her a feeling of importance that she had... Read more
The Foolish Wolf
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 Creative Commons Photo by by shannonkringen A Lion came proudly out from his cave one day, looking north, west, south, and east. He saw a Buffalo and went to kill him. The Lion ate all of the Buffalo meat... Read more
The Lady in Black
By Eleanor H. Porter ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The house was very still. In the little room over the porch, the Lady in Black sat alone. Near her, a child’s white dress lay across a chair. On the floor at her feet lay a tiny pair of shoes.... Read more
An Eyewitness
By Jack London ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) On April 18th, 1906 the city of San Francisco California suffered a great earthquake. Over three thousand people died. The famous author Jack London was sent to report on the disaster. This is his story, "The Story of an Eyewitness." Never... Read more
The Lion and the Fox (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Once there was a great Lion. He ruled the forest. And all the animals feared him. He ran to the top of gray, rocky mountains. He listened to the wind blow, and he watched the snow fall. And there, the Lion was King. He walked upon... 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