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Thursday 21st January


Just So Stories - How the Camel got his Hump


Rudyard Kipling story which explains how the camel got his hump. The story is set in Arabia, when the world was new and camels did not have humps. Humph! is a noise someone makes when they are not interested in what another person tells them.


TASK 1: As you watch/read the story can you find examples of the following things in the text?

  • Kindness
  • Fairness
  • Laziness
  • Hard Work

How The Camel Got His Hump.

TASK 2: Rudyard's Poetry


At the end of the story, Rudyard Kipling often writes a poem to summarise the moral of the story. Have a look at the Camel's poem below.


THE Camel's hump is an ugly lump
    Which well you may see at the Zoo;
But uglier yet is the hump we get
    From having too little to do.

Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo,
If we haven't enough to do-oo-oo,
        We get the hump--
        Cameelious hump--
The hump that is black and blue!


We climb out of bed with a frouzly head
    And a snarly-yarly voice.
We shiver and scowl and we grunt and we growl
    At our bath and our boots and our toys


Can you read this poem out loud with rhythm and make it rhyme?

Why do you think Rudyard Kipling put poems at the end of his stories? 


TASK 3Can you write a paragraph poem to go with one of the following titles:


  • How the giraffe got his long neck
  • How the snail got its shell
  • How the flamingo turned pink


Don't forget to use rhyming, similes and imagery to bring your poetry to life! What is a simile?

Once you have written and edited your poem, why not record yourself reading it or publish it as a Shape Poem, like the examples below.


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