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Jimmy Hates School
ReadOasis Step 2 Emma Williams wiped butter on hot brown toast. As the butter melted, she put two fried pieces of bacon on the plate next to two juicy, fried eggs. Then she called out in a loud voice: "Jimmy! Wake up! It's time for breakfast!"  But Jimmy made... Read more
The Little Match Girl
By Hans Christian AndersenReadOasis 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 ice. It... 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
How a Prince Learned to Read
ReadOasis Step 1(Part 1) A thousand years ago, boys and girls did not learn to read. Books were very hard to find, and only a few men could read them. Each book was written with a pen or a brush. The pictures were painted by hand, and some of... Read more
The Snake and the Rope (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, two men were traveling together. One man was blind, and the other could see. After a long day of travel, the sun went down. The air became cool, and the sky turned dark red. Just before dark, the men rode into a... Read more
Lazy Jack
From English Fairy Tales By Flora Annie Steel, 1918 Retold by ReadOasis.com at Step 2 Donkeys by Aurelien Guichard (Creative Commons) Once upon a time there was a boy named Jack. He lived with his mother, and they were poor. The old woman made her living by sewing, but... 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
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
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
Androcles and the Lion
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Androcles by Jean Leon Gerome In Rome there was once a poor slave whose name was Androcles. His master was a mean man. The master enjoyed hurting his slaves. He often punished Androcles, even when he had done nothing wrong. At last Androcles decided... 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
Burning Fields of Rice (Step 2)
A Retelling of a Traditional Story ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Once there was a good old man who lived up on a mountain in Japan. All round his little house the mountain was flat and the ground was rich. On this lovely piece of land grew wonderful fields... Read more
A Small World of English
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Is it a small world after all? What do you think? Travellers easily move all around the world in the air. By the power of the Internet, a teacher in New Delhi meets face to face with a student in London. Through video link,... Read more
Big Thinkers Win (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 George turned over in bed and went back to sleep. The alarm kept ringing. It was noisy. The neighbors could hear it through the walls. It kept ringing, so George finally opened his eyes and looked at the clock. The green numbers shined: "9:17 a.m." He... Read more
The Cask of Amontillado
By Edgar Allan Poe ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Fortunato and I were both members of very old and important Italian families. We used to play together when we were children. Fortunato was bigger, richer, and more handsome than I was. He also enjoyed making me look like a... Read more
20 Word Learning Tips
ReadOasis Step 2 Learning new words is a big part of learning any language. In English, well-educated native speakers know around 20,000 word families. That’s a lot! To read well in English without dictionary support, you need to know about 8,000 to 9,000 word families. That’s a lot, too.... 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
Dick Whittington and His Cat
ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) When King Edward the Third was the ruler, there was a poor boy named Dick Whittington. He had no parents, and he lived in a country village a long way from London. He was a smart little boy. He heard stories of London being... Read more