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Photo Art: Light (3 in a Series)
ReadOasis Step 2 It was a grey and cloudy day. But now, the setting sun shines kindly from below the clouds. For a few moments, the flowers and faces around you glow. The light is soft, warm, and gentle. It is an ideal time of day for taking pictures.... Read more
Experienced in the Blues: Eric Clapton
ReadOasis Step 2 In June 1999, Eric Clapton sold 100 of his guitars. And his 1956 Fender guitar went for the record price of $497,500. In total, the sale brought in $5 million dollars. And Clapton gave the money to a drug and alcohol clinic that he started. After... Read more
The Biggest Band (Step 2)
By Maria SonoraReadOasis Step 2 Imagine By Diego Torres Silvestre (Creative Commons) It was a hot August night in New York City, 1965. Two thousand policemen were in charge of security. They watched carefully as 55,000 fans filled Shea Stadium. But this was not for a baseball game. This... Read more
The Talented Tyler Perry
ReadOasis Step 2 Diary of a Mad Black Woman by Tyler Perry Tyler Perry is an exceptionally successful and talented playwright, screenwriter, actor, comedian, producer, and director. He is an American, but many Americans do not know who he is. Tyler Perry was born Emmit Perry Junior. During his... Read more
Slumdog Millionaire
ReadOasis Step 2 The film Slumdog Millionaire is about an 18-year-old boy from Mumbai, India. He comes from a poor part of the city. And he wins a large cash prize on a TV game show. But after he wins, he is arrested by the police. The police think... Read more
Mark Twain and Tom Sawyer (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 Tom Sawyer gets in and out of trouble all the time. But he has a good heart, and he slowly grows to become a leader among his friends. His leadership ability was always there; it was just hidden in his playful heart and free spirit. The... Read more
Choosing a Major
By Daniel Pink (Author of A Whole New Mind)ReadOasis Step 3 Students choosing a college major should follow their interests. That?s easy. You should choose something you?re interested in, simple as that. If you try to choose your major based on getting a job when you graduate or what... Read more
The Wisdom of Socrates (Step 3)
ReadOasis Step 3 The man mixed the hemlock plant into a drink. It was a strong cup of poison. And then, a slave led the man into a room where Socrates was waiting. When Socrates saw the man, he said, "Now, good sir, you understand these things. What must... Read more
My Shadow
By Robert Louis StevensonReadOasis Step 3 Creative Commons Photo by blykst I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;And I... Read more
An Uncommon Song – Bohemian Rhapsody
ReadOasis Step 2 Ray Foster sat at his big desk. He did not look happy as he said, “Bohemian Rhapsody? What is that?” Freddy said, “It’s a great poem. And we are going to release it as our single for play on the radio.” Foster’s voice got louder. “It... Read more
Music: Good for Your Ears
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Clive Wearing sits at the piano. He stretches out his hands and fingers. He takes a deep breath. Then he begins to play. His fingers strike the keys, and the piano hammers hit the strings. The strings vibrate in beautiful harmony and precise rhythm.... Read more
Drifting Cowboy: Hank Williams
By Maria SonoraReadOasis Step 2(Part 1) By MGM Records via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain) Hank would never make it to the concert. There were too many problems. It was icy cold outside. He sat under a cover in the back of his light blue Cadillac car. He was heading... Read more
The Princess and the Apple Tree
By A.A. MilneReadOasis Step 3 Once upon a time there was a beautiful Princess, who loved all lovely things, and most of all she loved the flowers and the blossoming trees in her father's garden. Now there was a humble man called Silvio, whose business it was to tend... Read more
Seven Elements of Story Grammar (Step 2)
ReadOasis Step 2 (Part 1) Harry looked at his best friends Ron and Hermione. He was not smiling. He was alone at his uncle?s house for the summer. And Harry's uncle, aunt, and cousin were mean. Ron and Hermione stayed with their group of friends, a group that Harry... Read more
The Life of Vincent van Gogh
ReadOasis Step 2 Every Sunday morning, Vincent would put on his best clothes. When he was ready, he would walk to the small, red brick church where his father was the pastor. On the way, he would pass a burial ground, and he would see stones and grave markers.... Read more
Confucius: An Icon of Chinese Culture
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 4 (Part 1) The teacher spoke his mind. He told the truth as he saw it, and this apparently offended leaders who had great power. And so, the teacher, whose name was Confucius, was forced into exile. He had to leave the state... Read more
Moving to Think (Step 4)
By Cielo Vera ReadOasis Step 4 Gillian Lynne could not sit still. She was eight years old now, and her teachers were concerned about her performance at school. Perhaps she had a learning disorder. (Today a psychologist might say that she had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, but that... Read more
Why Philosophy? (Step 4)
By Max L. Knowles ReadOasis Step 4 Philosophy is a discipline for thinking about the world, the universe, and people. Philosophy is abstract. It?s about ideas and thoughts, such as love, beauty, or truth. But philosophy also deals with the real world. Ethics is a part of philosophy, dealing... Read more
The Best Guitarist: Jimi Hendrix
ReadOasis Step 2 It was the summer of 1967. About 200,000 people came to the small town of Monterey, California. It was time for the Monterey Pop Festival. Over 30 artists were playing 3 days of music. But today, people remember the last night of the show. It was... Read more
Foreign Lands
By Robert Louis Stevenson ReadOasis Step 2 Up into the cherry tree Who should climb but little me? I held the tree with both my hands And looked abroad in foreign lands. I saw the next door garden lie, Graced with flowers, before my eye, And many pleasant places... Read more