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
A Library with No Books
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) It was dark outside and freezing. Ice and snow shined gray and white under the light of the moon and the lights on the streets. In the surrounding valley, an icy breeze blew through the trees and over the cold waters of the Susquehanna... Read more
ANTs in your Brain
ReadOasis Step 2 Jane took a deep breath. She reached for the door, opened it, and stepped into the room. When she looked up, she saw five men in dark suits, sitting in a row. Jane introduced herself and took another deep breath. The man in the middle waved... Read more
Songs of Survival
ReadOasis Step 3 It was my twentieth birthday. I was sitting in the family piano room when my father opened the door. He had a big smile on his face, and he said, "Happy Birthday!" Then he handed me a big box. Inside was a new guitar. It was... 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
An Eyewitness
By Jack London ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) On April 18th, 1906 the city of San Francisco California suffered a great earthquake. Over three thousand people died. The famous author Jack London was sent to report on the disaster. This is his story, "The Story of an Eyewitness." Never... 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
Expressing Thanks
Dr. Randall Short ReadOasis Step 2 What do you mean when you say “thank you”? What are you thinking and feeling when you thank someone for something? Think about times you said “thank you” recently, and consider your non-verbal language – your eyes, your smile, your voice, the way... Read more
Walt Disney’s Impossible Dream
ReadOasis Step 2 In 1934, Walt Disney began plans to make a movie. He wanted to create the first full-length animated film. But when people heard about his idea, they said it was a mistake. They thought it would destroy the Disney studio. Even Disney's brother and wife tried... 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
Beauty, Goodness, and Truth
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The buildings are rich in color and history. The trees are tall and stately. And the wind blows with the quiet whispers of the great people who have walked these paths. Eight American presidents have studied here. Some fifty Nobel Prize winners have been... Read more
One Lone Choice
ReadOasis Step 2 A long time ago, there was a young boy named George Washington. He had two older brothers. They were all very close. George often talked to his brothers about his dreams. "I would like to be a sailor," George said. "Then I could go to many... Read more
21 Tips for a Lifestyle of Reading

Even if we (or our students) know the benefits of reading, we may still have trouble developing a lifestyle of reading. One way we can solve this problem is to see how avid readers keep a lifestyle of reading. With this in mind, here are 21 Tips for a Lifestyle of Reading for teachers and students.

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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
How to Read a Texbook: SQ3R
Reading a textbook isn't the same as reading a novel. Many people find it more difficult. They also find it less interesting. This is probably because they don't have a good reading system. Do you have a good system for reading textbooks? If not, SQ3R is a simple, five-step... Read more
The Golden Bird
ReadOasis Step 2 The man took a dry piece of old bread, and he ate it. With his mouth still full, he said, "This is the last of the food. It's all gone." "I'm hungry too," said his wife. "Please go buy some food." The man said, "I can't.... Read more
The Death of Sir Philip
Retold By James Baldwin ReadOasis Step 3 Sir Philip Sidney by Unknown Artist A cruel battle was being fought. The ground was covered the blood of dead and dying men. The air was so hot that it was hard to breathe, and the sun shone down without pity on... Read more
Your Earth Day
ReadOasis Step 2 The Colorado River is long. It flows through the Grand Canyon, and it stretches for 2,334 kilometers through 7 U.S. and 2 Mexican states. On its way to the ocean, it serves 30 million people. They depend on the water of the Colorado River for work... 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
Newton’s Apple
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons photo by Kevin Bedel A light wind blew through the garden and shook the trees. From one tree, an apple fell and hit the ground. Isaac heard the sound, and it disturbed his thoughts. At the time, he was walking in his... Read more