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Scots Texts for Secondary Schools

Here is a list of the set texts for National 5 and Higher English. Notable for their use of Scots are:

  • Sailmaker by Alan Spence
  • The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil by John McGrath
  • The Slab Boys by John Byrne
  • Tally's Blood by Anne Marie de Mambro
  • Short Stories by Anne Donovan: All that Glisters, Away in a Manger, Dear Santa, Hieroglyphics
  • Sunset Song by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
  • Robert Burns: Holy Willies Prayer, Tam OShanter, To A Mouse, A Poets Welcome to his Love-Begotten Daughter, To a Louse, A Red, Red Rose


ClickView have resources for Sailmaker, Men Should Weep and Tally's Blood here

There are interactive learning games for Tally's Blood; Hieroglyphics and Burns poetry here

Below, a downloadable pdf containing a useful overview of Scots, guidance on teaching Scots language texts, and suggested texts for learners.