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ASLS Teaching Notes offer suggestions for teaching Scottish Literature and Language in the classroom. These notes are FREE to download – see the links below.

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Primary/S1/S2/S3

National 5

Higher/Advanced Higher


Primary/S1/S2/S3:

The First Men on Mercury: covering Edwin Morgan’s poem of space exploration and alien encounters (P6–S2). Get a free copy of our comic strip version of the poem. (364K)
  • P6–S2


Scottish Languages: for schools doing Scottish Studies from upper primary onwards or doing the certificate in Scottish Studies or the Scots Language Award in secondary
  • P5–S6


Poems of Walter Scott: notes, questions and full texts of eight shorter poems by Walter Scott. (572K)
  • S1–S3

 


National 5:

Aspects of Edwin Morgan: focusing on Edwin Morgan’s poems A City, Sonnets from Scotland and A Third Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries (137K)
  • S4/S5/S6


Six Poems by Jackie Kay: teaching notes and discussion questions on Jackie Kay’s My Grandmother’s Houses; Keeping Orchids; Lucozade; Bed; Divorce; and Gap Year. (242K)
  • National 5


Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped: teaching approaches and topics for Stevenson’s classic tale of adventure. (228K)
  • National 5


Des Dillon’s Me and Ma Gal: textual analysis and critical essay questions on Des Dillon’s darkly comic tale of two boys from Coatbridge, with an extensive answer guide. (548K)
  • National 5


The Place-names of Scotland: Place-names study is an ideal topic for interdisciplinary activities and Scottish Studies in particular.
  • S4/S5/S6


Scottish Languages: for schools doing Scottish Studies from upper primary onwards or doing the certificate in Scottish Studies or the Scots Language Award in secondary
  • P5–S6


Scottish Poetry of the First World War: teaching notes for a selection of Scottish poems from the First World War. (465K)
  • National 5/Higher


The Steamie: teaching notes for textual analysis and critical essays on Tony Roper’s play The Steamie, including a marking scheme. (348K)
  • National 5


Tourists at Auschwitz: textual analysis on Liz Niven’s poem in Scots (124K)
  • National 5/Higher

 


Higher/Advanced Higher:

Aspects of Edwin Morgan: focusing on Edwin Morgan’s poems A City, Sonnets from Scotland and A Third Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries (137K)
  • S4/S5/S6


The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil: teaching notes on the play by John McGrath. (238K)
  • Higher/Advanced Higher


The Colour of Black and White: focusing on ten poems by Liz Lochhead. (376K)
  • Higher/Advanced Higher


The Master of Ballantrae: a summary and overview for Stevenson’s classic novel. (704K)
  • Advanced Higher


Matthew and Sheila: suggestions for teaching Robin Jenkins’s disturbing moral tale. (524K)
  • Higher/Advanced Higher


Medea, by Liz Lochhead (after Euripides): Classical adaptation in modern Scotland.
  • Higher/Advanced Higher


The Place-names of Scotland: Place-names study is an ideal topic for interdisciplinary activities and Scottish Studies in particular.
  • S4/S5/S6


Remainders that we never see ...: examining four poems from Queen of the Sheep (New Writing Scotland 23). (192K)
  • Higher/Advanced Higher


Scottish Languages: for schools doing Scottish Studies from upper primary onwards or doing the certificate in Scottish Studies or the Scots Language Award in secondary
  • P5–S6


Scottish Poetry of the First World War: teaching notes for a selection of Scottish poems from the First World War. (465K)
  • National 5/Higher


The Shorter Fiction of Robert Louis Stevenson: concentrating on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde with an extensive answer guide (293K)
  • Higher/Advanced Higher


The Short Stories of Neil Munro: textual analysis and critical essay questions on the Para Handy story ‘The Malingerer’ and on the darker tale ‘Young Pennymore’, with an extensive answer guide (237K)
  • Higher/Advanced Higher


Six Poems of Sorley MacLean: teaching notes for six poems by Sorley MacLean, in English translation. (580K)
  • Higher


Tourists at Auschwitz: textual analysis on Liz Niven’s poem in Scots (124K)
  • National 5/Higher


Two short stories by Walter Scott: notes and questions on “Wandering Willie’s Tale” and “The Two Drovers”, by Walter Scott.
  • Higher/Advanced Higher


Two Scottish Women Poets: five poems by Marion Angus and five by Violet Jacob. (380K)
  • Higher/Advanced Higher


Visions of Scotland: focusing on Act 1, Scene 1 of Liz Lochhead’s Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off and stanzas 115 – 131 of Sir David Lyndsay’s The Dreme (136K)
  • Higher/Advanced Higher

 

Last updated 27 September 2017.