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Wednesday 20th January


Just So Stories: How the Whale got his Throat


Kipling’s wonderful use of rhyme gives his writing a very memorable rhythm. Have a listen to the story or read the story 'How the Whale Got his Throat', then answer the following questions.


  1. What did you like?
  2. What did you dislike?
  3.  What puzzled you?
  4. What connections were there (with any other texts, films, stories)?

How The Whale Got His Throat by Rudyard Kipling

This is a story by Rudyard Kipling from his Just So Stories series.In this tale you will hear why a creature as huge as a whale can only eat the tiniest of food

TASK: Create your own Just So Story


You are going to be composing your own Just So Stories along the lines of the way the ‘How the…’ stories were composed. Firstly, you need to choose an animal (a snail, perhaps) and create a title (How the Snail got their Shell). 




Next, to help you plan your just so story, complete the story map below thinking about...


  1. Beginning - What happens at the beginning? Who are the main characters? Where is it set? How are the characters feeling?
  2. Build up - What happens next? How does the story hint at a problem? How are the characters feeling?
  3. Problem - What is the problem within the story? How are the characters feeling?
  4. Resolution - How is this problem resolved/ sorted out? How are the characters feeling?
  5. Ending - How does the story end? Does it end happily? Is there a twist to the plot? How are the characters feeling?

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