The Father of Fantasy Stories
ReadOasis Step 3 An Image of a Hobbit Frodo is a little man. Well, he's actually a hobbit. A hobbit is like a man, but only smaller. Frodo is small, but he has a big heart. He also has a big job. He holds a ring. It's a magic... Read more
Making Work Fun: The Levity Effect (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A manager at a company was interviewing a job candidate. The manager said, “We need a very responsible person for this job. We need someone who can take charge.” The candidate’s eyes lit up, and he answered with great confidence. “Sir, your search ends here! I’m... Read more
The Adventures of a Folk Singer
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) "I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet." - Bob Dylan It was January 1961. In the cold north of Minnesota, a young man of 19 years packed his bags and his guitar.  He was crossing 1,900 kilometers to New... Read more
Life as Story (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) In the eyes of the world, Donald Miller was a big success. He had written a book about his life, Blue Like Jazz, and it became a New York Times bestseller. Movie producers approached him. They wanted to make a movie about his life.... Read more
The Weight of a Nation (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 The sun had just set on Waikiki Beach. A soft wind from the sea ran through the trees. Friends came together to hear music, Hawaiian style. One woman, in particular, was caught up in the music. Tears ran down her face as she listened to the... Read more
W.C. Handy: Father of the Blues (Step 2)
By Maria Sonora ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) W.C. Handy at age 19 "Then I saw the beauty of primitive music." W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues W.C. Handy grew up in the southern part of the United States, in a small town in Alabama. His father was a... Read more
Change in 59 Seconds
Change in 59 Seconds By Professor Richard Wiseman ReadOasis Step 2   59 Seconds is about the science of self-help. So one part of the book explodes commonly held myths. So for example, the idea that to motivate yourself, you have to visualize the perfect you. From a scientific... Read more
The Sailor Man (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 By Laura Richards Retold by ReadOasis.com A long time ago, John and Mary came to the house of a sailor man. He lived by the sea. He worked on boats. When the children met him, the man was sitting by his door. He was tying ropes.... Read more
Reading Power
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) When people ask about English language ability, what is their first question? Usually, they ask this. “Can you speak English?” The total number of native English speakers in the world today is around 375,000,000 people. And about a billion people are learning English. The... Read more
Moving to Think (Step 1)
By Cielo Vera ReadOasis Step 1 Gillian Lynne could not sit still. She was eight years old now. And her teachers worried about her. Perhaps she had a learning problem. Gillian's mother worried, too. She took her little girl to see a doctor. At the doctor's office, Gillian sat... Read more
The Weight of a Nation (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The sun had just set on Waikiki Beach. A cool breeze from the ocean ran through the palm trees. Friends had gathered together to hear music, Hawaiian style. One woman, in particular, was captured by the melody. Tears ran down her face as she listened to... Read more
The Town Mouse and Country Mouse
Adapted from Aesop ReadOasis Step 3 Image by Milo Winter (1919) Once upon a time, a Town Mouse went to visit his cousin in the country. The Country Mouse was a rough and ready type, but he loved his town friend and welcomed him heartily. During the visit, the... Read more
The Goose Girl
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Once upon a time there lived an old Queen. Her husband had been dead some years, and he left her with one child, a beautiful daughter. When this daughter grew up, she was to be married to a King's son, who lived far away.... Read more
A Lesson for Kings
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Battle of Gaugamela (Photo Wikipedia) Alexander, the king of Macedon, wanted to become the king of the whole world. He led his armies through many countries. He destroyed cities. He burned towns. He killed thousands of people. Then, far in the East, he came... Read more
The Monkey’s Paw
ReadOasis Step 2 By W.W. Jacobs (Part 1) Outside the night was cold and wet. But inside the sitting room of the Whites' house, the curtains were shut and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were playing a game of chess. The son always took big risks when... Read more
W.C. Handy: Father of the Blues (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) "Then I saw the beauty of primitive music." W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues W.C. Handy at Age 19 W.C. Handy grew up in a small town in Alabama in the southern part of the US. His father was the pastor of a church,... Read more
The Most Famous Not a Protest Song (Step 5)
ReadOasis Step 5 Protest songs speak out against problems in society. We can hear protest songs at pivotal moments of activism in western history, during the civil rights, anti-war, feminist, labor, and environmental movements. Protest singers have also sung about slave emancipation and women's suffrage. Of the many protest... Read more
The Sons of the Caliph
ReadOasis Step 2 There was a Caliph of Persia whose name was Al Mamoun. He had two sons. He wanted them to be honest and noble men. So he found a wise man to be their teacher. The teacher's name was Al Farra. One day, after their lesson, Al... Read more
Adventures of Tom Thumb
An English Fairy Tale ReadOasis Step 3 A long time ago, a woodcutter lived with his wife in a small cottage not far from a great forest. They had seven children -- all boys, and the youngest was the smallest little fellow anyone had ever seen. He was called... Read more
Six Keys to a Healthy Life
ReadOasis Step 3 Jeanne Calment was a French woman who lived 122 years. She was born in 1875 and died in 1997. Many records verify her age, and they show that she lived longer than any other human being. At age 85, she started to learn the sport of... Read more