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Walt Disney’s Impossible Dream
ReadOasis Step 2 In 1934, Walt Disney began plans to make a movie. He wanted to create the first full-length animated film. But when people heard about his idea, they said it was a mistake. They thought it would destroy the Disney studio. Even Disney's brother and wife tried... Read more
The Death of Abraham Lincoln
ReadOasis Step 3 The Assassination of President Lincoln (Curriern & Ives) President Abraham Lincoln had many supporters, but he also had enemies. On April 14, 1865, he was assassinated at the Ford's Theater, just outside Washington, D.C. He was watching a play with his wife when he was shot... Read more
Try, Try Again Tamerlane
ReadOasis Step 3 There was once a famous ruler named Tamerlane. He ruled over the land, which today we call Persia. Tamerlane wanted to become the master of the whole world, just like Alexander the Great. Because of his ambition, Tamerlane raised up a great army. He made war... Read more
The Shepherd Painter Boy
ReadOasis Step 2 Francis Preaching To The Birds by Giotto (Image, Wikimedia) One day a man was walking through the countryside near Florence, Italy. In this part of Italy, there were many sheep. They could be seen in all the fields. Near the top of a hill, the man... Read more
Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer (Step 2)
By David Bello ReadOasis Step 2 Tom Sawyer gets in and out of trouble all the time. But he has a good heart, and he slowly grows to become a leader among his friends. His leadership ability was always there; it was just hidden in his playful heart and... Read more
Joan of Arc: Heroine
ReadOasis Step 2 Joan of Arc is a national heroine of France. She was born to a poor family in eastern France during the Hundred Years War. This war was actually a series of wars between 1337 and 1453. During this violent period, English kings tried to control France.... Read more
Machu Picchu: The Lost City
ReadOasis Step 2 Hiram Bingham was a real Indiana Jones. He taught at Yale University. And he was an explorer. On July 24, 1911, Bingham was in Peru again. He was searching for the lost city of the Incas. His guide was Melchor Arteaga, a local farmer. They walked... Read more
Hawaiian Treasure
ReadOasis Step 3 Far into the middle of the Pacific Ocean rest the Hawaiian Islands. They are a paradise of nature and human civilization. They stand like green gardens in the center of the deep blue sea. Creative Commons Picture by Paul Bica Hawaii was first settled by Polynesians... Read more
Woodstock: A Symbol of the 1960s (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The middle of August marks an extraordinary moment in popular music history. In 1969, about 2,500 residents lived in Bethel, New York. But that summer, there were big ambitions for that small town. Concert promoters were organizing a music festival to take place on a local... Read more
Sincerely, Thomas Edison
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) An amazing thing happened this morning! I was walking down the street when I noticed a crowd gathered outside a local brokerage firm. People nearby told me that an important machine had broken down. The manager of the firm was in... Read more
Gandhi: Promoter of Peace (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Mohandas Gandhi is known as the father of India. He was a politician, patriot, philosopher, and religious leader. In Gandhi's time, the British had ruled India for about 190 years. And many Indians suffered under the British. The British did not give Indians equal status. And... Read more
Jesse James: Robber or Robin Hood?
ReadOasis Step 2 It was just past noon on December 7, 1869. Two brothers walked into a bank in Gallatin, Missouri. Their names were Frank and Jesse James. One of them, maybe Jesse, walked up to the bank clerk and asked to exchange a $100 bill. The bank clerk... Read more
The Paddle Boat
ReadOasis Step 3 A long time ago, two boys went fishing in a small river. They were in a heavy boat with a flat bottom. Each boy had a long, fishing rod in his hands. They sat in the boat, eagerly waiting for the fish to bite. When they... Read more
A Boy’s First Speech
ReadOasis Step 2 Two children were on their way to school. They were brother and sister. Both were very small. The boy was only four years old. The girl was almost six. "Come, Edward, we need to hurry," said the sister. "We cannot be late." Edward Everett (Image, Wikipedia)... Read more
Pocahontas: Indian Princess (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) John watched the river flow. The water was green and blue and abounding with fish. He looked at the leaves on the trees and tall grass, which were moving gently in the quiet wind. This was a beautiful and wild place. But suddenly John... Read more
The Freedom Writers
ReadOasis Step 2 The classroom was noisy. Erin stood up in front of her students, and she smiled. Then she pointed to a piece of paper and said: "Let’s get started. All these sentences have mistakes. Please work with a partner and correct them." But for some reason, the... Read more
The King and the Bees
ReadOasis Step 2 One day King Solomon was sitting on his throne. It was a beautiful golden chair made just for him. His great men were standing around him. Suddenly the door was thrown open. The Queen of Sheba came in. "O King," she said, "I rule a country,... Read more
Strange Kindness in War
ReadOasis Step 3 One day, there was a big battle. Large guns were firing. Some were far away. Some were very close. Soldiers marched through the fields. Men on horses were riding quickly toward the fighting. "Crash!" Large guns shot at the ground close to a group of soldiers.... Read more
Indian Princess (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) John watched the river. The water was green and blue and full of fish. He looked at the leaves on the trees and the long, green grass. They were moving slowly in the quiet wind. This was a beautiful place. But suddenly, John heard... Read more
The Story of Cincinnatus
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A long time ago, there was a man named Cincinnatus. He lived on a little farm not far from the city of Rome. For a time in his life, he was rich. He held the highest office in the land. And he was a... Read more