The Purpose of Life
ReadOasis Step 2 What is the meaning and purpose of life? Throughout human history, philosophers have answered this question in many ways. Aristotle suggested that humans find meaning in happiness. Zeno thought humans find meaning in freedom from suffering. Nietzsche claimed that life has no meaning. Augustine believed we... Read more
The Way of Green Tea (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 People have been drinking green tea for about 5,000 years. Green tea came from China. And today it is produced mainly in China and Japan. Green tea is different from other kinds of tea. The leaves are not processed much. So green tea has a fresh... Read more
The Bell and the Cat
Adapted from Aesop ReadOasis Step 3 A big, white house stood in the middle of a field. Green grass surrounded the house, and behind it, the orange sun was setting over rolling hills. The air was calm at the beginning of a quiet evening. But inside the house there was... Read more
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
What Makes People Happy?
ReadOasis Step 2 Joy is late for work. She runs out the door in a hurry to catch the bus. As she runs, she sees her neighbor. The neighbor looks at Joy and smiles. He says, "Good morning Joy! Have a great day!" Joy says, "Thanks, you too!" And... Read more
Lean In
Book Trailer by Sheryl Sandberg ReadOasis Step 2 I entered the workforce believing that my generation was going to have equal responsibility and equal opportunity. And it didn't work out that way. Women are getting more college degrees, more graduate degrees, entering the workforce at every level. But in... 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
Two Men and a Bear (Step 2)
By Aesop Retold by ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 2 Two men were traveling together through a forest. As they walked, they enjoyed the smell of fresh flowers, the buzz of bees in the trees, and the songs of birds in the air. But then suddenly, the forest became strangely silent.... Read more
Genius for Melody
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) On June 2, 2010, President Barack Obama stood on a small stage in the White House. In the audience sat a mix of elite leaders and famous musicians. The President was about to give America’s highest award for popular music to Paul McCartney of the... Read more
Fly Anywhere with Google Earth
ReadOasis Step 2 Google is a company that provides internet search, email, and other online services. But Google makes other products too. Google Earth is a product that puts the world in your computer. It uses pictures taken from space. And Google Earth helps you locate and explore any... Read more
Reading is Smart (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Dan Hurley is an author. He writes best-selling books about science, and he writes popular stories for the world's most prestigious newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Wired Magazine. In a word, he is a big success. But... Read more
The Motown Sound (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The Motown Museum (Wikipedia) Soul music combines rhythm and blues and gospel. Like the blues, soul arose out of the black experience in America, and soul musicians took these styles out of the black church and into the world and the streets. They confidently and proudly... Read more
Sticky Communication (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) The bell rang. Jim's things were already in his red book bag, which looked brown under the white lights of the classroom. Zip! Zip! He closed the bag. He stood up and let out a sigh, "Ahhhh." Jim’s sigh was loud enough that other... Read more
Jack and the Beanstalk
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Jack was a lazy boy who would not work to help his widowed mother. At last they both became very poor, and the old woman had to sell her only cow. With the money, they could buy food and stay alive. She sent Jack... 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
Writing a Book
Adapted from Very Short Stories By Mrs. W. K. Clifford ReadOasis Step 2 Three children looked out the window of their living room. It was cold outside, and a hard rain was beating on the window. They wanted to go out and play, but the weather wouldn’t allow it.... Read more
Winter Time
Winter Time By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 5 Berit Watki Winter in Merstham (Creative Commons) Late lies the wintry sun a-bed, A frosty, fiery sleepy-head; Blinks but an hour or two; and then, A blood-red orange, sets again. Before the stars have left the skies, At morning in... Read more
The Ugly Duckling (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 A duck made her nest on some leaves. Then she laid her eggs. She sat on the eggs to keep them warm. Finally, the eggs broke open, one after the other. The little ducks came out. Only one egg was left. It was a very large... Read more
The Lion in Bad Company
From More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 Just One Lion (Wikimedia) One day a young Lion came suddenly upon a Wolf. The Wolf was not able to get away, so he said to the Lion: “Please, Great Lion, could you take me to your den,... Read more
Escape at Bedtime
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 3 Photo by NASA   The lights from the parlour and kitchen shone out Through the blinds and the windows and bars; And high overhead and all moving about, There were thousands of millions of stars. There ne’er were such thousands of leaves... Read more