Sincerely, Socrates
By Cana Short BeeOasis Step 3 Now, you might be wondering, “How can this be a letter from Socrates, if Socrates never wrote anything?” It is true that I do not write much, at least not for others. But I am having my student Plato write this letter for... Read more
The Ugly Duckling (Step 2)
BeeOasis Step 2 A duck made her nest on some leaves. Then she laid her eggs. She sat on the eggs to keep them warm. Finally, the eggs broke open, one after the other. The little ducks came out. Only one egg was left. It was a very large... Read more
A Giant of Business (Step 2)
By Tek Smith BeeOasis Step 2 Black liquid flew out of the ground and towards the sky. It was oil, black gold. And it had the power to light up homes. It had the power to run the engine of the American economy. It had the power to make... Read more
Get Grit!
BeeOasis Step 3 Angela is smart and talented. But those are not her best qualities. In her first year at Harvard University, she took a course in biology. But she failed the first big tests, and she was getting an F in the class. She spoke to her biology... Read more
The Lion and the Fox (Step 1)
BeeOasis Step 1 Once there was a great Lion. He ruled the world. And all living things feared him. He ran to the top of mountains. He listened to the wind blow, and he watched the clouds change colors. And there, the Lion was King. He walked upon the... Read more
Fred Astaire, Dancer Extraordinaire
BeeOasis Step 2 If you watch Fred Astaire dance, you will be amazed at his grace. He seems so relaxed, like his feet are dancing on air. He makes genius look effortless. But like all great dancers, Astaire practiced his routines for hours and hours. He was a hard-working... Read more
Mt. Fuji: Symbol of Japan
BeeOasis Step 2 Mount Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan. It stands at 3,776 meters (12,389 ft). The mountain rests just west of Tokyo, and on a clear day, you can see it from the city. Mount Fuji has an even and round shape, and it is a... Read more
Jack and the Beanstalk
BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Jack was a lazy boy who would not work to help his widowed mother. At last they both became very poor, and the old woman had to sell her only cow. With the money, they could buy food and stay alive. She sent Jack... Read more
Expressing Thanks
Dr. Randall Short BeeOasis 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
Inception: Dreams Inside Dreams
BeeOasis Step 3 The great movie critic Roger Ebert called Inception “a movie immune to spoilers.” A spoiler gives away the ending of a story. But with Inception, even if you knew how it ended, it wouldn’t matter unless you knew what happened before the ending. In Inception, actor... Read more
The Future of Water (Step 4)
BeeOasis Step 4 Rajan is from northwestern Myanmar, near the border of India. He is 12 years old and lives in a small village called Pan Saung. It is a tranquil place far away from big cities. Life may be simple in this remote village, but it is not... Read more
Jesse James: Robber or Robin Hood?
BeeOasis Step 2 It was just past noon on December 7, 1869. Two brothers walked into a bank in Gallatin, Missouri. Their names were Frank and Jesse James. One of them, maybe Jesse, walked up to the bank clerk and asked to exchange a $100 bill. The bank clerk... Read more
Peter Bull
By Andrew Lang BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) There was once a poor farmer who lived in Denmark. He and his wife owned a very good farm, but they had no children. They were often sad because they had no one to give their possessions to when they died.... Read more
The Rules of Elite Success
The computer sat in a funny little room at the Lakeside School in Seattle. It was a gift from the Mother’s Club. Costing $3,000, it was expensive at the time. But the mothers wanted the students to have a computer so they could have a computer club. At the... Read more
Serious About Humor
It’s early in the morning. A funny looking man is getting ready for work. He casually looks up at the clock on the wall. Then his eyes pop wide open. He’s running late! In a rush, he hurries to the kitchen. He opens the coffee jar and fills his... Read more
The Lion in Bad Company
From More Jataka Tales by Ellen C. Babbitt BeeOasis Step 4 One day a young Lion came suddenly upon a Wolf. The Wolf was not able to get away, so he said to the Lion: “Please, Great Lion, could you take me to your den, and let me live... Read more
Gandhi: Promoter of Peace (Step 3)
BeeOasis Step 3 Mohandas Gandhi is known as the father of India. He was a politician, patriot, philosopher, and religious leader. In Gandhi’s time, the British had ruled India for about 190 years. And many Indians suffered under the British. The British did not give Indians equal status. And... Read more
Born a Businessman
BeeOasis Step 2 In 1966, Richard was 16 years old. He was a student, but he didn’t like the way he was taught in school. He wanted to change his world, and he was going to do something about it. He decided to create a magazine that was for... 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 Boy who Became Buddha
BeeOasis Step 2 He was born in 1935 — in a poor farmer’s home in northeast Tibet. At age 2, he was recognized as the 14th Buddha of Compassion. Buddha’s soul had again appeared in a child. And this boy was the Buddha. He was taken to a palace... Read more