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John Michie suggests that many Scots words can send a chill down your spine. Words like 'mirk', 'smoored', and 'thrappled' and the phrase ‘Howe Dumb Dead’ combine to link crime and murder with traditional Scottish language.
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20 June 2011

Classroom Ideas

Useful when studying atmosphere in fictional texts. Could be used as an illustrative example of effective vocabulary choices, as a start to the topic or as a contrasting atmosphere to a written text being studied. Also helpful as a creative writing stimulus to encourage students to reflect on language choices they make as writers. Watch the clip and ask them to write the part of a murder mystery story when the murder is committed. Then working in threes, students share their work; commenting on language choices, and editing the writing as a team.