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The Grammar of Jokes
ReadOasis Step 2 Mr. Jones stood in front of his English class. The students looked sleepy and bored, so Mr. Jones decided to open with an interesting story. He told the students a famous joke, and here is what happened?    The Joke. Two older couples ate dinner together. After... Read more
$80,000 for One Song
ReadOasis Step 2 The room is dark. You are alone. You are drinking a coke and downloading some songs from the Internet. Then you hear a crash. Your heart stops as you hear a man shout. "This is the police!" You catch your breath and say, "What?" Then another... 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
The Last Leaf
By O. Henry ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Creative Commons Photo by Nephelim Many artists lived in the Greenwich Village area of New York. Two young women named Sue and Johnsy shared a studio apartment at the top of a three-story building. Johnsy's real name was Joanna. In November,... Read more
The Lion and the Mouse (Step 1)
By Aesop ReadOasis Step 1 It was a dark night, deep in the Gir Woods of India. A great Lion was sleeping under a big tree. A sound like the wind came from his mouth and nose. And every time he opened an eye, all the animals stopped and... 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 Stolen Letter
By Edgar Allan Poe ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) One evening in 1845, I went to visit a friend. His name was August Dupin. It was autumn, and we were in Paris. We were smoking our pipes and talking. Suddenly, the door opened. Mr. German came into the room.... Read more
The Hunted King
ReadOasis Step 2 Robert Bruce by Edmund Leighton A long time ago, there was a man in Scotland named Robert the Bruce. He was the rightful king of Scotland. He had fought a battle with his enemies, the English. His little army had been beaten and scattered. Many of... Read more
Bartleby
By Herman Melville ReadOasis Step 1 (Part 1) I am an old lawyer. I have three men who work for me. My business grew, so I hired one more man to help write legal papers. I have met a great many people in my life. But the man who... Read more
The Californian’s Tale
By Mark Twain ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) When I was young, I went looking for gold in California. I never found enough to make me rich, but I did discover a beautiful part of the country. It was called "The Stand". The Stand was like Heaven on Earth.... Read more
The Lady in Black
By Eleanor H. Porter ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) The house was very still. In the little room over the porch, the Lady in Black sat alone. Near her, a child?s white dress lay across a chair. On the floor at her feet lay a tiny pair of shoes.... Read more
On the Road Again (Step 1)
ReadOasis Step 1 Little Willie was born into hard times. On October 29, 1929, the American economy went bad. It was called Black Tuesday. Many people lost all their money. By Willie?s day of birth in 1933, around 25% of Americans had lost their jobs. People were hopeless, poor,... Read more
The Girl Monkey and the Pearls
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) Pearls by Saucy Salad (Creative Commons) One day the king went for a long walk in the woods. When he came back to his own garden, he sent for his family to come down to the lake... Read more
Rappaccini’s Daughter
By Nathaniel Hawthorne ReadOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Many years ago, a young man named Giovanni Guasconti left his home in Naples to study in northern Italy. He rented a small room on the top floor of a dark, ancient palace. Long ago, the building had belonged to a... Read more
The Brave Little Scout
ReadOasis Step 3 When Andrew Jackson was a little boy, he lived with his mother. Their home was in South Carolina, in the city of Charleston. He was eight years old when the trouble began. It was called the Revolutionary War. The king of England sent soldiers into every... Read more
The Stolen Plow
More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt ReadOasis Step 2 Thomas Hart Benton's Plowing It Under At one time there were two traders who were great friends. One of them lived in a small village, and one lived in a large town nearby. One day the village trader took... Read more
The Bomb and the King
ReadOasis Step 2 Bringing Home the Body of King Charles, 1884 Painting A long time ago there was a young king in Sweden. His name was King Charles the Twelfth. He ruled Sweden from 1697 to 1718. King Charles was famous for his courage. He would do anything to... Read more
The Turnip Composition
ReadOasis Step 2 It was a beautiful day. A teacher stood up to speak to his class. They were getting ready to go home. "Children, tomorrow I will expect all of you to write a composition," said the teacher. "The students who do best will read their composition to... Read more
Two Men and a Bear (Step 2)
By Aesop Retold by ReadOasis ReadOasis Step 2 Two men were traveling together through a forest. As they walked, they enjoyed the smell of fresh flowers, the buzz of bees in the trees, and the songs of birds in the air. But then suddenly, the forest became strangely silent.... Read more
Jimmy’s First Date
ReadOasis Step 2 Jimmy's hands were shaking. He wanted to ask Mary to go on a date. But he had never asked a girl to go out before. Finally, he just decided to do it. He walked up to Mary and said, "Hi Mary." Mary looked at Jimmy and... Read more