58 pages 1 hour read

D. H. Lawrence

The Rocking Horse Winner

Fiction | Short Story | Adult | Published in 1926

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Use this activity to engage all types of learners, while requiring that they refer to and incorporate details from the text over the course of the activity.

Creative Writing: “‘The Rocking-Horse Winner’ in Contemporary Society”

In this activity, students will write a creative piece that adapts Lawrence’s story to the present day.

While the themes of Lawrence’s allegory are timeless, there are several references that ground his work in a specific era in history. For this Activity, you will write a creative piece that adapts Lawrence’s story to the present day. In this vein, be sure to keep the same principles of the plot and the characters; however, feel free to explore characterization related to gender, setting, technology, and even the method of gambling. After drafting your story and submitting it for peer review, read a segment of it out loud for your classmates. Finally, consider the similarities and differences in how you and your classmates incorporated Lawrence’s themes of The Unhealthy Relational Dynamic of Emotional Incest, Luck: Fortune and Providence, and The Malignant Insatiability of Greed into your specific works.

Teaching Suggestion: This Activity invites students to separate the themes of the story from the period in which it is set.