A Feel for English
ReadOasis Step 1 Jack fell asleep under a pile of books. When he woke up, he pushed away the pile and said, “Oh no! Tomorrow’s test! I gotta study more words and rules.” And so he did, all night long. Mary sat in an easy chair, enjoying a light... Read more
A Darning-Needle
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A needle is used for sewing, and a darning needle is used for simple jobs, like fixing holes in socks. In this story, the Darning needle thinks too highly of herself, giving us a story about pride and vanity. There was... Read more
The Deer and the Lion (Step 4)
ReadOasis Step 4 One warm day a Deer went down to a brook to get a drink. The stream was smooth and clear, and he could see himself in the water. He looked at his horns and was very proud of them, for they were large and long and... Read more
Just Kidding?
ReadOasis Step 2 A young engineer just finished his studies. And he was looking for work. He got an interview at General Electric (GE), one of the biggest companies in the world. The interview went well. But at the end, the man from GE said, "Let me ask you... Read more
A Lesson in Justice (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Alexander the Great was the king of Macedon. His ambition was to become the master of the whole world. He led his armies through many countries. He plundered cities, he burned towns, he destroyed thousands of lives. At last, far in the East, he came to... Read more
The Pig and the Sheep
Adapted from Aesop ReadOasis Step 4 One day a Shepherd saw a fat Pig walking about in a field. The Shepherd left his sheep for a moment and quietly walked towards the Pig. But the Pig saw the Shepherd coming, and it screamed, “Oink, oink, oink” and ran away.... Read more
He Carried the Bird (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 It was a cool morning in the city of Richmond, Virginia. The streets started to fill up with people. They were going in and out of shops, doing their morning shopping. An old man went into the market to buy something. He was dressed in simple... Read more
The Princess and the Pea (Step 3)
By Hans Christian Andersen Retold at ReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time, there was a prince. He was miserable and lonesome, and he wanted to get married. But he had to marry a princess, but not just any princess. She had to be a real princess. He roamed... Read more
The Flower Picciola
By X. B. Saintine ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Many years ago, a poor man was shut up in one of the great prisons of France. His name was Charney, and he was very sad and unhappy. He had been put into prison wrongfully, and it seemed that no... Read more
The Little Match Girl
By Hans Christian Andersen ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It felt like the coldest night of the year. The snow was falling hard, and it was almost dark. If you listened carefully, you could hear the snow softly hitting the ground and the sound of distant footsteps crunching on... Read more
The Fearful Rabbits
Adapted from Aesop ReadOasis Step 3 Rabbits, as you know, are very shy. Even a little shadow sends them running away to a hiding place. Take, for example, the story of the Rabbits who thought it was better to die than to be in fear all the time. One... Read more
The Crow and the Glass
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 2 It was high noon. The sun burned bright and hot in the sky. The ground was baked and dry. In the burning heat, a Crow was standing on the hard ground. He tried to move his wings, but he could not fly. In fact,... Read more
The General and the Fox
ReadOasis Step 3 There was once a Greek general named Aristomenes. As a military leader, he was brave and wise. All the Greeks loved him. One day, there was a big battle with the Spartans. Aristomenes had a great army. But they were defeated. The Spartans took Aristomenes. And... Read more
The Broken Promise
By Andrew Lang (1894) ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A long time ago, an Indian hunter built himself a house. It was in the middle of a great forest, far away from all his people. His heart was gentle and kind, and he was tired of the evil deeds... Read more
The Dark Day
ReadOasis Step 1 It was a normal day in the month of May. The morning was warm. The sun rose with a soft light. The sky was clear. The air was very still. There was no wind. Everyone thought, "What a beautiful day!" Then, the light of the sun... Read more
The Story of Tavwots
By Mary Hunter Austin (1904) ReadOasis Step 3 The woman made baskets, so they called her The Basket Woman. Her eyes were dark, and in her eyes, you could see the wisdom and sadness of her people. The Basket Woman told stories about her people. They were native Americans... Read more
The Stolen Cart
ReadOasis Step 2 By Ellen C. Babbitt A long time ago, there were two traders. They were good friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a big city. One day the village trader took his cart to the big city. He wanted to... Read more
Reading and Brain Power
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) This is a dramatization and simple summary of a famous paper by Anne E. Cunningham and Keith E. Stanovich. “Thank you everyone for coming to tonight’s lecture. We are excited to have with us Professor Anne E. Cunningham from the University of California, Berkeley.... Read more
The North Wind and the Sun
ReadOasis Step 3 Image Gutenberg.org One day the sun and the wind had a quarrel. The wind said, "I am stronger than you." "No," said the sun, "I am stronger than you." While they were disputing, they saw a traveler coming down the road. He wore a heavy coat.... Read more
Two Silly Birds (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A Blackbird looked into a Dove's house one day. He saw that the Doves were happy, and they had enough food. He thought, "If I were a Dove, my life would be so easy!" Photo: Wikipedia So he painted himself white. And he went into the... Read more