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
The Wisdom of Socrates (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The man mixed the hemlock plant into a drink. It was a strong cup of poison. And then, a slave led the man into a room where Socrates was waiting. When Socrates saw the man, he said, "Now, good sir, you understand these things. What must... Read more
Confucius: An Icon of Chinese Culture
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) The teacher spoke his mind. He told the truth as he saw it, and this apparently offended leaders who had great power. And so, the teacher, whose name was Confucius, was forced into exile. He had to leave the state... Read more
Ben Franklin’s Curious Kite
ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) “Quick! It’s stormy outside! Maybe there will be thunder and lightning! Get the kite, and let’s go fly it in the storm!” Photo by GPTMC Imagine hearing these words from your father. You might think going out to play in a storm is fun,... 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
Johnny Cash: The Man in Black (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 Johnny started singing, but he looked uncomfortable. The audition was not going well. Sam Phillips, the producer, listened politely. But he didn't smile. Johnny kept singing, but with no confidence. Then Mr. Phillips said, "Hold up!" Johnny and his friends stopped playing. Phillips said, "I hate... Read more
The Courage of Helen Keller
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 2) Miss Sullivan stayed with Helen for many years. Helen learned how to read, write, and speak. Miss Sullivan helped Helen to get ready for school and college. In time, Helen went to college and completed her studies with high honors. But it was a... Read more
Confucius: An Icon of Chinese Culture
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 2) The virtues of Li (manners, ritual) and Ren (kindness) are said to be the bases of Confucianism. Li refers to ritual, manners, and etiquette. Scholars have also translated Li as customs, morals, and the rules of proper behavior. Li concerns... Read more
The Courage of Helen Keller
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) “One beautiful spring morning I was alone in my room, reading. Suddenly, a wonderful smell in the air made me get up and put out my hands. The spirit of spring seemed to be passing in my room. ‘What is it?’ I asked. The... Read more