The Literature of
Orkney and Shetland

For Schools

Pupils at Whalsay School working on their film based on Hugh MacDiarmid’s poetry

For Schools

Four authors with a strong connection to Shetland were selected for inclusion in the education project. Schools in areas with close ties to these authors were offered the opportunity to get involved and staff and volunteers at the Shetland Museum and Archives developed education packs tailored to each author and school. The packs included biographical information about each author and various tasks to help pupils learn about the work of each writer. The culmination of the activities was a film project at each school where pupils wrote, directed, produced, filmed and edited a film based around each writer and their work.  

They created props, artwork, and sound recordings to bring their films to life.The packs are now available online for other schools to use. They are self-contained but if you require further assistance please contact the Lifelong Learning department at Shetland Museum and Archives

 

Lesson Plans

John Graham Lesson Plan

Lesson pack on John Graham and his novel Shadowed Valley based on the Weisdale clearances. The pack is self-contained and includes, background information, classroom based activities and ideas for further project work.

Robert Alan Jamieson Lesson Plan

Lesson pack on Robert Alan Jamieson and his novel Thin Wealth based on life in Shetland at the beginning of the oil era. The pack is self-contained and includes, background information, classroom based activities and … read more

Walter Scott Lesson Plan

Lesson pack on Walter Scott and his novel The Pirate which was inspired by his visit to Shetland. The pack is self-contained and includes, background information, classroom based activities and ideas for further project work.

Hugh MacDiarmid Lesson Plan

Lesson pack on Hugh MacDiarmid and selected poems he wrote while living on the island of Whalsay. The pack is self-contained and includes, background information, classroom based activities and ideas for further project work.

Videos for Schools

John Graham video by Aith Junior High School

A short film directed and filmed by Aith Junior High School about the life of John Graham, the well-known Shetland author and his novel ‘Shadowed Valley’ based on the Weisdale evictions in Shetland. The video … read more

Hugh MacDiarmid video by Whalsay School

A short film directed and filmed by Whalsay School about the life of Hugh MacDiarmid, the well-known Scottish poet who spent ten years in Whalsay, and wrote some of his poems about Shetland. The video … read more

Walter Scott video by Sandwick Junior High School

A short film directed and filmed by Sandwick Junior High School about the life of Sir Walter Scott, the famous author, and his dramatic novel The Pirate, set in Shetland and Orkney. The video was … read more

Robert Alan Jamieson video by Brae High School

A short film directed and filmed by Brae High School about the life of Robert Alan Jamieson, the well-known Shetland author, and his dramatic novel ‘Thin Wealth’, based on the impact of the oil boom … read more