This is a true story about an African-American slave who was allowed to learn
with white children. William “Doc” Key had a gift for helping sick and ornery
animals. His mom taught him how to make medicine with plants. When William
was a freed man, he bought a neglected horse and bred it with a famous race
horse, with the hopes of training a new colt to be a race horse. The colt was not
well. Doc raised the horse as his baby and “educated” this horse to be
extraordinary! They traveled around the country as a team, facing racial
discrimination as they toured the south. As a team, they created the awareness
of Doc’s beliefs and those of the humane societies. Be kind is a recurring theme.
My student packet is filled with critical thinking questions as well as the best of
reading comprehension strategies. At the end of the packet is a list of
differentiated post reading activities.