Who Shot Lincoln?
ReadOasis Step 3 The Deringer pistol used to kill Abraham Lincoln The sword of war cut the nation in two. For four years, the blood flowed. In all, over 620,000 soldiers died. It is impossible to imagine all the pain and sorrow that came from the American Civil War.... Read more
Geronimo! (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 On the fateful day of March 6, 1858, a young Native American man said goodbye to his family. Today we know this man as Geronimo. On that day, he was going with his brothers to trade in a nearby town. His wife and mother stayed home... Read more
The Blind Poet Homer
Retold by James Baldwin and ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Homer and His Guide by Bouguereau A long time ago, there was a certain man who wrote poems. Today his poems are among the greatest treasures of the world. The man’s name was Homer. Tradition holds that Homer... Read more
Henry Ward Beecher, Friend of Slaves (Step 2)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 2 On February 5, 1860, a strange thing happened at Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York. Church members were not having a “bake sale.” They were having a “slave sale.”  But this sale was backwards. Church members were buying the freedom of a... 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
Mohandas Gandhi: Promoter of Peace (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Mohandas Gandhi is known as the father of India. He was a politician, thinker, and religious leader. In Gandhi's time, the British had ruled India for about 190 years. And many Indians suffered under the British. Gandhi helped India become free from British rule. He fought... Read more
Swimmer Apologizes to his Fans
ReadOasis Step 2 Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps apologized to his fans after a newspaper published pictures of him using a marijuana pipe. Phelps won 8 gold medals in the 2008 Olympic Games. And he has won a total of 14 golds. But on February 2, 2009 a newspaper showed... Read more
Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 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 free spirit. The... Read more
The Most Famous Not a Protest Song (Step 5)
ReadOasis Step 5 Protest songs speak out against problems in society. We can hear protest songs at pivotal moments of activism in western history, during the civil rights, anti-war, feminist, labor, and environmental movements. Protest singers have also sung about slave emancipation and women's suffrage. Of the many protest... Read more
The First National Park
ReadOasis Step 1 A national park is an important place protected by the government. Governments make national parks to protect historical and beautiful places. They want people to enjoy these places, and they want to preserve wildlife. The first national park in the U.S. is called Yellowstone. It was... Read more
The Wives of King Henry
ReadOasis Step 2 King Henry wanted to marry Anne Boleyn. But he had a problem. He was married to Catherine of Aragon. Henry was the king of England, but he had to follow the rules of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman church said Henry could not divorce his... Read more
Death of a King: Medgar Evers
ReadOasis Step 2 Every day Medgar Evers worked hard. He was doing his best to bring equal rights for African Americans. Evers lived in Mississippi in the 1960s. It was a place where African Americans did not have equality. They did not have the right to vote. Gasoline stations... Read more
Captain Cousteau
ReadOasis Step 3 Jacques Cousteau (June 11, 1910 - June 25, 1997) studied the sea and all forms of life in the water. He was a French naval officer, explorer, scientist, photographer, author, and film producer. "Captain Cousteau," as people called him, became widely known because of his many... Read more
The Tragedy of Coriolanus
ReadOasis Step 3 Long ago, there was a great shortage of food in Rome. The summer was extremely dry and the corn crop failed. There was no bread in the city. The people were very hungry, and there was not enough food for everyone to live. Coriolanus By Nicolas... Read more
Isaac Watts: Father of Hymns (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A hymn is a song of praise to God. People sing hymns at church services and on special holidays like Christmas. Many famous musicians, such as Beyonce Knowles, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, and Carrie Underwood, learned singing and performing at church. That is, they grew up... Read more
Al Mansur and the Poet
ReadOasis Step 3 Al Mansur (Image, Wikipedia) A long time ago, there was a famous Arab leader. His name was Al Mansur. He was the ruler of all the Arabs, and so he was called the caliph. Al Mansur loved songs and poems. And he liked to hear poets... Read more
The Boy Who Rode Sidesaddle
ReadOasis Step 2 When Daniel Webster was a child he lived in the country. His home was far from any city. He was not very strong. He could not work on the farm like his brothers. But he loved books and study. He was very young when he was... Read more
Words that Remade a Country
ReadOasis Step 4 Smoke, fire, and the booms of big guns. The pounding feet of horses. The flashes of silver swords in the sun. Loud shots in the air. The buzz of bullets in the wind. The cries of men at war. Rivers of blood. The white cracking sounds... 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
Number 42 (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) A man stepped onto the baseball field. He walked across the green field. His black hands held onto a white baseball bat. He set his blue hat to keep the sun from his eyes. And as he stepped up to home base, he looked... Read more