Why Read Big? Reason 1 — Ease & Enjoyment
The famous professor of Psychology, B.F. Skinner said, “We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love for reading”. I’m Joseph Poulshock, PhD., and I am asking the question, “Why read big?”  Reason number is because of “Ease and Enjoyment”. To learn English, to learn a foreign language... Read more
The King and the Bees
ReadOasis Step 2 One day King Solomon was sitting on his throne. It was a beautiful golden chair made just for him. His great men were standing around him. Suddenly the door was thrown open. The Queen of Sheba came in. "O King," she said, "I rule a country,... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 2 — Big Reading Works!
Time Magazine asked the famous businessman, Bill Gates if he thought reading helped him become more successful. And he said, “Yes absolutely! Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently.” My name is Joseph Poulshock aka Dr. Shock, and I’m asking the question, “Why Read... Read more
The Freedom Writers
ReadOasis Step 2 The classroom was noisy. Erin stood up in front of her students, and she smiled. Then she pointed to a piece of paper and said: "Let’s get started. All these sentences have mistakes. Please work with a partner and correct them." But for some reason, the... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 3 — Reading Brings Community!
Keeping Community in a Time of Social Distancing My office was moved to Tokyo. To unpack and set up the space, I had to go downtown. I didn’t want to take a crowded train, so I drove my car.  To have less contact with people, I bought lunch and... Read more
Pocahontas: Indian Princess (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) John watched the river flow. The water was green and blue and abounding with fish. He looked at the leaves on the trees and tall grass, which were moving gently in the quiet wind. This was a beautiful and wild place. But suddenly John... Read more
Why Read Big? Reason 4 —  The Best Way to Improve How You Learn and Teach
The world famous linguist Paul Nation says that big reading works as the most important improvement that a teacher can make in a language course.  My name is Joseph Poulshock, PhD. and I am asking the question, “Why Read Big?”  Well for reason number 4, the answer is because... Read more
A Boy’s First Speech
ReadOasis Step 2 Two children were on their way to school. They were brother and sister. Both were very small. The boy was only four years old. The girl was almost six. "Come, Edward, we need to hurry," said the sister. "We cannot be late." Edward Everett (Image, Wikipedia)... Read more
First in Flight
ReadOasis Step 1 They wanted to make a new kind of machine. It was something that had never been made before. They needed a new kind of engine. But no one would build it for them, so they built it themselves. They needed new information, so they did thousands... Read more
Dawn and the Matches
Adapted from The Little Match Girl By Hans Christian Andersen ReadOasis Step 2 The air was cold. Snow was falling in the dark sky. It was the last night of the year. A little girl was walking in the street. Her name was Dawn. She wore no hat, and... Read more
The Dangers of March 15 (The Ides of March)
ReadOasis Step 2 The leaders of Rome were not happy with Julius Caesar. He had become too powerful. Caesar had refused the title of king. But he had become ruler for life. He had even put his image on Roman coins. And this was an honor only for the... Read more
Get Down to Business in English
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) A Big Decision As usual, the boss spoke clearly and in short sentences. “Okay, it’s decided. This meeting is over. You all know what to do.” One by one, the managers closed their notebooks and stood up. There were no jokes and no laughter.... Read more
The Child’s Story
By Charles Dickens ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time, a good many years ago, there was a traveller, and he set out upon a journey. It was a wonderful journey, and it was to seem very long when he began it and very short when he... Read more
The Nature of Time
ReadOasis Step 2 A man was trying to understand the nature of time. In prayer, he asked God, "How long is a million years to you?" God answered, "A million years is like a minute." Then the man asked this. "God, how much is a million dollars to you?"... Read more
The Story of King Frost
By Andrew Lang ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) A long time ago, there was a poor woman who had a daughter and a stepdaughter. The daughter always got everything she asked for. She could do anything she wanted to do. But the poor stepdaughter was always in trouble. Every... Read more
Strange Kindness in War
ReadOasis Step 3 One day, there was a big battle. Large guns were firing. Some were far away. Some were very close. Soldiers marched through the fields. Men on horses were riding quickly toward the fighting. "Crash!" Large guns shot at the ground close to a group of soldiers.... Read more
Knowledge and Freedom
ReadOasis Step 1 Be careful of the man who really knows how to be a fool. Alec Fronimites Knowledge is power. Through science, we have learned to fly. We make medicine and build great cities. We use the power of nature. And we fill our cities with energy. Through... Read more
The 300
ReadOasis Step 3 All the cities of Greece were in grave danger. A vast army, led by the great King of Persia, was coming from the east. It was moving along the sea, and in a few days, this army would be ready to attack. The King of Persia... Read more
The Gift of the Magi
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. These pennies were saved one and two at a time. To save this money, she had to fight with the vegetable man, the meat man,... Read more
The Geisha Artist
By Maria Sonora ReadOasis Step 1 Geisha are traditional performing artists from Japan. These women are good at various Japanese arts, such as traditional music, dancing, and song. The word "geisha" comes from Chinese words that mean "art" (GEI) and "person" (SHA). So "geisha" actually means "artist." In the... Read more