How the Whale Got His Throat

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What happens when a whale bites off more than he can chew? Rudyard Kipling's classic story "How the Whale Got His Throat" was originally part of his 1903 Just So Stories, and is featured as an audio story to accompany a transcript of the text.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the story as an inspiration for learners to write their own fables or pourquoi tales
  • Have class members illustrate the events of the story in a storyboard format
  • Play the audio during class and have learners read along with the text; pause periodically for clarification and to answer questions
Classroom Considerations

  • Story duration is 12:55
  • Resource featured a writing contest that is no longer active
  • Comment section is open to the public

  • Provides the original poem that accompanied the story in publication
  • Narrator's speaking style is pleasant and easy to understand

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