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The materials here are intended to support students and teachers wishing to engage with literary non-fiction as a genre in its own right. This site is only a starting point in this process. The focus of this site is on prompting and supporting the students' own thinking. The tasks, the toolkit and the mind-map are offered to develop ways of thinking about non-fiction. The aim is that the approaches suggested will generate genuine student responses which will meet summative assessment criteria.

For more excellent non-fiction resources look at John Lawson's student support materials on the LTScotland website. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Extra texts

If you would like more practice evaluating literary non-fiction here are two extra texts for you to work with. Print your selected text along with this toolkit which can be used to help you work with any non-fiction text.

Kathleen Jamie seeks to find Darkness and Light as she journeys into the winter solstice on the Orkney islands.
Darkness and Light by Kathleen Jamie

What makes us who we are? Sheena Blackhall (Middleton) looks back through her family history in this detailed record of life in the North-East of Scotland.
Leerie-Lichts and Gorblies by Sheena Blackhall (Middleton)
This text contains some strong language and sexual references that may offend. Some text has been removed. To see the full text refer to the book Spirits of the Age: Scottish Self Portraits published by The Saltire Society.

Curriculum match

Higher/Intermediate 2
It is hoped this site will help students to tackle the dedicated section on non-fiction in Higher English Paper 2, or those questions in Intermediate 2 English which offer the chance to write about non-fiction.
5-14/Standard Grade
Given the way in which English is structured within the existing curriculum, these materials could easily be used to introduce this genre to students at any stage of their development. Cetacean Disco would be accessible to many students at Levels E/F, and to those at Standard Grade, Credit/General levels. Ghost City makes greater demands on the reader but teachers will easily recognise where best to pitch it and which tasks would best suit.
A Curriculum for Excellence
Literary non-fiction offers an ideal vehicle for initiatives, projects, cross-curricular work beyond the traditional departmental boundaries, and so a useful starting point for genuine ACfE developments.

Educational Aims

  • To encourage students to read and enjoy literary non-fiction.
  • To offer teachers a resource which will provide a starting point for the study of this genre.
  • To support students in identifying the distinctive content of literary non-fiction.
  • To offer a model which encourages students to think about WHAT writers of non-fiction are saying, before looking at HOW and HOW WELL they think they are saying that.
  • To support students in exploring the various techniques used by writers of literary non-fiction.
  • To help students to recognise that this genre uses many of the techniques which they already know from prose fiction.
  • To support students in identifying and responding to techniques which are associated with this genre in particular.
  • To develop confidence in pupils to write about this genre in summative assessment contexts.

Other resources

You can order BBC Scotland Learning resources, including our TV programmes on Critical Evaluation of Literary Non-Fiction, from:
BBC School's Broadcast Recordings,
PO Box 7,
Wetherby,
LS23 7EU.
Tel: 08701 272 272
Fax: 08701 273 273
Email: bbcsbr@twoten.press.net
Please note programmes are only available to purchase during the term after transmission. For further information on any programmes produced by BBC Scotland Learning please contact ed.scot@bbc.co.uk.

Site credits

Academic consultant:
Hugh G Gallagher, Lecturer, Department of Curricular Studies, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
BBC Scotland Learning production team:
Tanya Carmichael
Clare Little
Uzma Mir Young
David Meikle
Katrina Millar
Nick Simons
Web architecture and functionality:
HTML - Ray Anderson and Abrar Khan
Flash - Colin Pickup
Web design:
Scott McCall
Victoria McClusky

Sources credits

Images

Non-fiction main page:
Findings book cover © Kathleen Jamie/Sort of Books
Spirits of the Age book cover © The Saltire Society and courtesy of the Designer James Hutcheson
Pile of books © iStockphoto.com
Travel section:
Photo of Katheleen Jamie © Chris Watt
Common dolphins surfacing at speed, Hebrides, Scotland © Sea Life Surveys/Splashdown Direct.com
Boats on moorings, Tobermory Bay © Nic Davies/Splashdown Direct.com
Bottlenose dolphin, Hebrides, Scotland © Nic Davies/Splashdown Direct.com
Water waves effects © Silvio Verrecchia/iStockphoto.com
Clouds with sun behind © iStockphoto.com
Whale watching boat run by Sea Life Surveys, Hebrides, Scotland © Sea Life Surveys/Splashdown Direct.com
Woman photographing Dolphins, Moray Firth © Visit Scotland/Scottish Viewpoint
Photographing dolphins, Hebrides, Scotland © Michael Hutchinson/Splashdown Direct.com
The wildlife trips and tours booking office, Mull, Hebrides, Scotland © P Tomkins / Visit Scotland/Scottish Viewpoint
Whale watching © Tom Walmsley/ Splashdown Direct.com
Minke whale surfacing, Hebrides, Scotland © Sea Life Surveys/Splashdown Direct.com
Autobiography section:
Photo of Ronald Frame © Ronald Frame
Buchanan Street (old) © Virtual Mitchell
Boy in street © BBC courtesy of Irene Carmichael
Girls in uniform © Image courtesy of The Herald & Evening Times picture archive
Music teacher © Image courtesy of The Herald & Evening Times picture archive
Saltire flag painted face © Duncan Walker/iStockphoto.com
Highland dancer shoe and sock detail © Duncan Moody/iStockphoto.com
Single Scottish thistle © Peter Bates/iStockphoto.com
Clyde Model dockyard shop © Image courtesy of The Herald & Evening Times picture archive
Boy at desk © Virtual Mitchell
Buchanan Street (Modern) © David Robertson/StockScotland
Non-fiction club:
Book covers courtesy and © of publishers.
Mind Map:
Illustrated by Linda Harris, Lecturer, Department of Curricular Studies, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

Text

Travel Section:
Cetacean Disco
Written by Kathleen Jamie © Kathleen Jamie/Sort of Books
Taken from the book Findings by Kathleen Jamie. Published by Sort of Books.

Autobiography Section:
Ghost City
Written by Ronald Frame © Ronald Frame
Taken from the book Spirits of the Age: Scottish Self Portraits Edited by Paul Henderson Scott. Published by The Saltire Society.

Extra text:
Darkness and Light
Written by Kathleen Jamie © Kathleen Jamie/Sort of Books
Taken from the book Findings by Kathleen Jamie. Published by Sort of Books.
and
Leerie-Lichts and Gorblies
Written by Sheena Blackhall (Middleton) © Sheena Blackhall (Middleton)
Taken from the book Spirits of the Age: Scottish Self Portraits Edited by Paul Henderson Scott. Published by The Saltire Society.

Audio

Autobiography Section:
Ghost City audio
Previously broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland 5th July 1991. Produced by David Jackson Young.

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