Kipling’s Six Honest Men …

100 years ago the celebrated English poet and author, Rudyard Kipling, promoted his ‘six honest men’ – the use of six questions – as a guide for better thinking. Here is Kipling’s clever poem:

I keep six honest serving men

They taught me all I knew

There names are What, and Why and When

and How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).


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  1. In Primary School early 50s, we were taught that a story was well on the way if Who was accompanied by How, What, Where When and Why. This could be followed by Who’s next action.

    I used this approach successfully with students who had trouble with creative writing, starting with:
    “Who is your favourite …?

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