Michelle McManus talks about the Scottish weather and how the Scots language best describes it. She discusses the flexibility of the word braw and references other words like drookit and gallus. She speculates that our challenging weather has shaped the Scots tongue creating more words for foul weather than fair. We are encouraged to reflect on how the weather makes us feel.
Students could study weather and then create their own weather bulletin in Scots. These could be broadcast over the school tannoy, presented to the rest of the class or captured on camera. Students could also reflect on what sort of weather they feel most ‘at home’ with and write a descriptive piece about it.
Discuss in class whether some types of weather are described by more words than others and investigate examples of how these can be used to create a range of atmospheres for creative writing.