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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Evolution by Natural Selection
BeeOasis Step 3 Evolution is a process of how living things change over time. Natural selection is the basic mechanism of evolution. It was introduced by Charles Darwin in 1859. He compared natural selection with artificial selection. In artificial selection, humans choose traits for breeding. For example, we can... Read more
The Princess and the Pea
By Hans Christian Andersen BeeOasis Step 3 Once upon a time there was a prince. He wanted to marry a princess, but only a real one. He travelled all over the world to find her, but with no success. He met many a princess, but it was difficult to... Read more
Try, Try Again Tamerlane
BeeOasis Step 3 There was once a famous ruler named Tamerlane. He ruled over the land, which today we call Persia. Tamerlane wanted to become the master of the whole world, just like Alexander the Great. Because of his ambition, Tamerlane raised up a great army. He made war... Read more
The Idea of Film
BeeOasis Step 3 When I grow up, I still want to be a director. -Steven Spielberg This quote shows the magic of movies. Steven Spielberg is a grown man, but he loves the movies like a child. He feels a sense of wonder about them. He is already a... Read more
The Paddle Boat
BeeOasis Step 3 A long time ago, two boys went fishing in a small river. They were in a heavy boat with a flat bottom. Each boy had a long, fishing rod in his hands. They sat in the boat, eagerly waiting for the fish to bite. When they... Read more
A New Printer for the Blind
BeeOasis Step 3 Breaking News English has published an interesting story about a teenager who has made an inexpensive printer for the blind. A 13-year-old has made a cheap machine that helps blind people read. The machine uses Braille – small bumps that people touch to read the letters.... Read more
The Story of Theseus
BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Many years ago, at the foot of a very high mountain there lived a little boy. His name was Theseus. Theseus was from an important family. His father was the king, and his grandfather was a brave and wise leader in the country. Theseus... Read more
William Tell and His Son
BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) Switzerland is a beautiful country of mountains, rivers, and lakes. About 100 of its mountains stand around 1,000 meters tall. Over 1,500 of its lakes hold great treasures of fresh water, and the rivers of Switzerland flow to the north, south, east, and west... Read more
Young Night Thought
By Robert Louis Stevenson BeeOasis Step 3           All night long and every night, When my mama puts out the light, I see the people marching by, As plain as day before my eye. Armies and emperor and kings, All carrying different kinds of things,... Read more
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
BeeOasis Step 3 We are far into “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” when Albus Dumbledore says, “Dark and difficult times lie ahead.” But they lie behind us too. And these dark and difficult times have caught our imagination since the beginning of Harry Potter. But this fourth... Read more
Watch Out for Dragons
BeeOasis Step 3 (Part 1) “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit The floor, wall, and windows began to shake violently. “What in the world?” said John as he looked out the second... Read more
Choosing a Major
By Daniel Pink (Author of A Whole New Mind) BeeOasis 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... Read more