Poet Liz Niven reads an excerpt from her poem ‘Let’s Hear Whit the Dragon’s Goat Tae Say’ to students at a Scots Scuil writing workshop. She encourages them to draft their own poems and discusses how they find it difficult to write in Scots. The group mix English and Scots and add more Scots words in the redraft. The students go on to create riddle poems and each choose one to read at a performance.
Students can brainstorm a selection of Scottish words on the board and divide them into nouns, adjectives and verbs. Ask students to write their own ‘Whit am I?’ riddle poems, using these words. Students could also study some of Liz Niven’s poems, or other modern poems in Scots, to find words they can use in their own poems.