The Rude Guest
ReadOasis Step 2 Portrait of John Randolph by W. Jarvis One day a man from Virginia left his home. His name was John Randolph. He was going to ride his horse to a town many miles away. He did not know the road very well. But he was a... Read more
The Teacher Man (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 (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
The Nation of Cuba
ReadOasis Step 2 Cuba is an island nation in the Caribbean Sea. The country is made of the island of Cuba, the Island of Youth, and a number of small islands. Cuba is just south of the US state of Florida. It is just north of Jamaica. On January... Read more
The Wolf Hunt
ReadOasis Step 3 Three farmers were walking across a field. They were looking for tracks in the soft ground. One carried a gun. One had a sharp tool for lifting hay, called a pitchfork. The third had an ax. "Wolf! Wolf! Wolf!" they cried. They met another farmer, who... Read more
Confucius
ReadOasis Step 4 Confucius (551-478 BC) was a great Chinese philosopher and educator whose teachings formed the basis for Chinese education, ethics, and social life. His style was similar to Socrates. He tended not to give long explanations on different topics. Rather, he asked questions and challenged people to... Read more
Sincerely, Mother Teresa
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 2 Mother Teresa in 1986 (Image Wikipedia) It was pouring rain. I was walking to a store, and as I did, I passed by a man. A homeless man for sure. He was huddled under a bench, trying to shield himself from the rain... Read more
Grace Darling
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Courtesy of RNLI/Grace Darling Museum It was a cold autumn day—windy, gray, and rainy. Like most stormy days in the north of England, the wind and rain came hard. People hurried through gray village streets in dark coats, holding onto their hats. Sharp sheets... Read more
The Wonder of the Taj Mahal
By Mirah Mayer ReadOasis Step 2 The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It was completed around 1649 by the Muslim king Shah Jahan. Over 1,000 elephants and 22,000 workers took 22 years to build it. The Taj Mahal is located in the beautiful... Read more
Little Brothers of the Air (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Many years ago a man named Francis lived in a small town in Italy. Francis was kind and loving to all living things. The creatures he loved most were birds. He called the birds his little brothers of the air. He wanted to protect them and... Read more
A Hero of Legend
By James Baldwin ReadOasis Step 3 Winkelried's Deed by Konrad Grob A great army was marching into Switzerland. If it marched much farther, there would be no driving it out again. The soldiers would burn the towns. They would rob the farmers of their grain and sheep. They would... Read more
Anne Frank’s Diary
ReadOasis Step 2 On Friday, June 12, Anne woke up at six o'clock in the morning. It was hard for her to control her curiosity because it was her birthday. She waited for as long as she could. And after seven, she went to her father and mother and... Read more
Gilbert and the Wolf
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Gray clouds floated in the sky over a dark line of trees. Darkness was approaching, but from the forest, the lights of two hungry eyes looked over a nearby field. The eyes belonged to a great black wolf. The wolf spotted a small lamb... Read more
The Brave Little Scout
ReadOasis Step 3 When Andrew Jackson was a little boy, he lived with his mother. Their home was in South Carolina, in the city of Charleston. He was eight years old when the trouble began. It was called the Revolutionary War. The king of England sent soldiers into every... Read more
The Bomb and the King
ReadOasis Step 2 Bringing Home the Body of King Charles, 1884 Painting A long time ago there was a young king in Sweden. His name was King Charles the Twelfth. He ruled Sweden from 1697 to 1718. King Charles was famous for his courage. He would do anything to... Read more
The Turnip Composition
ReadOasis Step 2 It was a beautiful day. A teacher stood up to speak to his class. They were getting ready to go home. "Children, tomorrow I will expect all of you to write a composition," said the teacher. "The students who do best will read their composition to... Read more
The Gutenberg Revolution
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Johannes Gutenberg was in trouble. He borrowed money from investors, but he was about to lose it. He promised to make a special kind of mirror and sell lots of them. The mirrors were unusual. It was said that they could capture the holy... Read more
Why Study History?
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 2 Why should we study history? Why should we learn about the past? What does history have to do with our lives today? These are questions that many people have about history. And it's okay to ask them. Questions like these bother a lot... Read more
Sincerely, Harriet Tubman
By Cana Short ReadOasis Step 3 Harriet Tubman circa 1885 Hello. I am Harriet Tubman, formerly a slave in Maryland, but now a free woman. Freedom did not come easily—I only attained it by running away. I do not know why I waited so long to escape. Life on... Read more
Sincerely, Ben Franklin
ReadOasis Step 1 Cana Short Hello there. My name is Benjamin Franklin, and I'm 17 years old. I work at a printing shop here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. But I have only been here for a few weeks. Before coming to Philadelphia, I lived in Boston, Massachusetts. That's where I... Read more
Indian Princess: Pocahontas (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) John watched the river flow. The water was green and blue and full of fish. He looked at the leaves on the trees and tall grass. They were moving softly in the quiet wind. This was a beautiful and wild place. But suddenly John... Read more