Have the students write an alternate ending showing what would have happened had Paul not figured out the winner of the Derby.
Kentucky Derby Footage
Show some footage of the Kentucky Derby or some other horse racing event to show the students an idea of what it was Paul, Oscar, and Barrett were really involved in.
Find a filmed version of this book and watch segments of it with the class. Discuss with the class what could have been done differently to make the play more realistic and better done.
Origin of Gift
Paul is certain that it is the rocking horse that tells him the winners. Have the students make a chart showing all the other different sources that could be responsible for the gift Paul has of knowing the race winners.
Split the class into groups...
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