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
Henri Rousseau, Artist
ReadOasis Step 2 Henri Rousseau was born on May 21, 1844. He was a famous French painter. At first, he worked as a government official. But he retired in 1893 so he could focus on painting. He created bold and colorful paintings. His paintings showed imaginative dreams and unusual... 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
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
How a Prince Learned to Read
ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) A thousand years ago, boys and girls did not learn to read. Books were very hard to find, and only a few men could read them. Each book was written with a pen or a brush. The pictures were painted by hand, and some... Read more
A Brief History of Stephen Hawking
ReadOasis Step 2 Stephen Hawking is one of the world's leading theoretical physicists. (A physicist studies the relationship between matter and energy in space and time.) Hawking has written many science books for non-scientists. His most famous book is called "A Brief History of Time." It has sold over... Read more
Yoshitoshi, Master of Block Prints
ReadOasis Step 2 In Japan, there is a special kind of painting called "ukiyo-e." The word literally means "pictures of the floating world." Ukiyo-e are woodblock prints. This form of art is widely known through the paintings of Hokusai, especially his famous "Great Wave." Many ukiyo-e artists left their... Read more
The Hunted King
ReadOasis Step 2 Robert Bruce by Edmund Leighton A long time ago, there was a man in Scotland named Robert the Bruce. He was the rightful king of Scotland. He had fought a battle with his enemies, the English. His little army had been beaten and scattered. Many of... Read more
Alexander and the Great Horse
By James Baldwin ReadOasis Step 2 Alexander & Bucephalus by François Schommer Philip was the king of Macedon, a kingdom in ancient Greece. During his life, he had seven wives and seven children. His most famous son was called Alexander. Alexander studied with the philosopher Aristotle. And by the... Read more
Bruce and the Spider
By James Baldwin ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there was a King in Scotland. His name was Robert Bruce. He needed to be brave and wise, for the times in which he lived were wild and rude. The King of England was at war with Scotland, and... Read more
The Adventures of a Folk Singer
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) "I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet." - Bob Dylan It was January 1961. In the cold north of Minnesota, a young man of 19 years packed his bags and his guitar.  He was crossing 1,900 kilometers to New... Read more
The Landlord’s Mistake
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) When John Adams was President of the United States, and Thomas Jefferson was Vice President, there was not one railroad in all the world. People did not travel very much. There were no broad, smooth highways as there are now. The roads were crooked... Read more
The Midnight Ride
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The midnight ride of Paul Revere happened a long time ago. At that time, America was ruled by the king of Great Britain. There were thousands of British soldiers in Boston. The king sent them there to make the people obey his laws. But... Read more
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
One Lone Choice
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there was a young boy named George Washington. He had two older brothers. They were all very close. George often talked to his brothers about his dreams. "I would like to be a sailor," George said. "Then I could go to many... Read more
The Death of Sir Philip
Retold By James Baldwin ReadOasis Step 3 Sir Philip Sidney by Unknown Artist A cruel battle was being fought. The ground was covered the blood of dead and dying men. The air was so hot that it was hard to breathe, and the sun shone down without pity on... Read more
The Young Cupbearer
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Long ago, there lived in Persia a little prince whose name was Cyrus. He was not spoiled like many other princes. Although his father was a king, Cyrus was brought up like the son of a common man. He knew how to work with... Read more
The Teacher Man (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Image from Wikipedia Frank McCourt stood in front of his classroom. Even after thirty years of teaching, it still was not an easy job. In fact, nothing in his life had been easy. When he travelled from Ireland to America at the age of... Read more
Horatius at the Bridge
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once there was a war between the Roman people and the Etruscans. The Etruscans lived in the towns on the other side of the Tiber River. Porsena was the King of the Etruscans. He raised a great army, and they marched toward Rome. The... Read more