Features for Teachers: The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites

Who were the Jacobites and what were they fighting for? Step into the shoes of siblings Rob and Aggie, young Jacobites living in the Scottish Highlands in 1745, the year of the final Jacobite Rising, with The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites by Linda Strachan and Darren Gate.

From the battlefield to the croft, each easy-to-read chapter mixes Rob and Aggie’s stories with timelines, maps, diagrams and illustrations to create a fact-tastic account of the Jacobite Risings, which is both fun and emotionally engaging for younger readers – The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites is a great addition to your Jacobites class projects!

How to Draw a Jacobite

Download our free worksheet to find out how to draw a Jacobite like illustrator Darren Gate!

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The Jacobites’ Journey Poster

Looking for some Jacobite-themed decor for your classroom or library? We’ve produced these great posters which show the route taken by the Jacobite army during the 1745 rising, as well as the locations of all major battles from all the Jacobite risings! You can download the pdf below to print your own, or contact us to request physical A2 posters (while stocks last).

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Jacobite Songs

Many songs have been written about the Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie, both at the time of the Risings and afterwards, in Gaelic, Scots and English. Why not put on a performance in class as part of a Jacobites project? Check out this blog post for two examples from The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites.

About The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites

The Dangerous Lives of the Jacobites

“I ran forward, yelling, with all the other Highlanders. I didn’t have time to think about how scared I was.”

Step into the shoes of brother and sister, Rob and Aggie, to find out what it was really like to live in the Scottish Highlands and fight for the Jacobites.

  • Who was Bonnie Prince Charlie?
  • Why were bagpipes classed as a Weapon of War?
  • What really happened at the Battle of Culloden?
  • How did the Jacobite Risings change Scotland forever?

Includes maps, timelines, family trees and more!

More Fact-Tastic Stories from Scotland’s History:

A Secret Diary of the First World War

“I’m going to war. I can hardly believe it. Yesterday I was delivering rolls and newspapers as usual, and today I’ve been called up to go to France and fight.”

Step into the boots of 14-year-old soldier James Marchbank to find out what the First World War was really like.

  • Why was rat hunting a popular hobby in the trenches?
  • How did parachuting pigeons help win the war?
  • Why would a really good friend rub whale oil on your feet?
  • What did it really feel like to be a teenager at war?

Take a journey through time and discover all the most important and incredible bits of the First World War.

Inspired by the real-life diary of a Scottish boy soldier.

 

Features for Teachers: The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

Are you looking for rewarding reading resources that your pupils will relish? Then why not try this great resource pack for The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle by Victoria Williamson?

The learning resource pack has been created by author Victoria Williamson, who has many years experience teaching children around the world, and includes:

  • Empathy, identity and diversity activities
  • Refugee activities
  • Literacy and English activities
  • Expressive arts activities
  • Science and technology activities
  • And more!

The pack is designed to cover a range of Curriculum for Excellence outcomes, with fun and interesting activities that can be adapted for a wide range of abilities.

With this pack, your pupils can:

  • Explore the world and words of The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle
  • Get to know the characters of Reema and Caylin and learn about their very different backgrounds and experiences
  • Write, draw and create a variety of projects based on the book

Victoria Williamson is available for school visits. Visit her website to find out more!

Did you know you can get funding for author visits with the Live Literature funding scheme? Find out how to apply via the Scottish Book Trust. 


More about The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle

She is the Fox Girl.
I am the White Gazelle.
Together we can outrun anything.

Reema feels completely lost. She’ll never call this strange country, with its grey skies and boring food, home. Syria is her home and it’s a million miles away.

Caylin feels completely alone. She’s looking after her useless mum, stealing from other kids so she can eat. She can’t tell anyone, they’ll only let her down.

The refugee and the bully — Reema and Caylin can’t imagine being friends, until a shared secret brings them together.

A beautiful story singing with love and hope
– Sarah Driver, author of the Huntress series.

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Also by Victoria Williamson

Jamie Lee wants to be normal. But his ADHD makes him feel like his brain is full of butterflies.
Elin Watts wants to be perfect. If she can be, surely her dad will come home.

When Jamie and Elin’s families join, chaos and order collide. But perhaps they have something in common. Maybe there’s no such thing as normal, or perfect. Maybe being yourself is more than enough.

Features for Teachers: Accidental Time Traveller

Are you looking for rewarding reading resources that your pupils will relish? Then why not try this pack for the award-winning The Accidental Time Traveller from Janis Mackay?

The Learning Resource Pack includes a Novel Study Planning guide, plus a whole set of worksheets for the book. We’d like to say a massive thanks to P5 teacher Helen Matthews, who put together these amazing resources for her class.

The pack brings together a variety of activities to help pupils with a range of literacy goals. Activities are designed to support comprehension, vocabulary and critical analysis. If needed, you can adapt them for Support, Core or Extension levels.

With this pack, your pupils can:

  • Explore the world and words of The Accidental Time Traveller
  • Get to know characters including Agatha, Saul and Crow
  • Draw characters based on descriptive clues
  • Delve into Bloom’s Taxonomy with Snakes & Ladders!

 

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Do you know that Janis Mackay can visit your school, as part of the Live Literature funding scheme? Applications for events April to December 2018 are open now! Find out how to apply via the Scottish Book Trust. 

Full list of available resources

 


More about The Accidental Time Traveller

The Accidental Time Traveller from Janis Mackay is available now! In 2013, it won the Scottish Children’s Book Award Younger Readers (8-11 years) category.

Partially set in 1812, it’s the first book in the Time Traveller series, and is followed by The Reluctant Time Traveller (set in 1914) and The Unlikely Time Traveller (set in the 22nd Century).

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Would you like a Learning Resource Pack for another Kelpies book? Do you have a resource pack you’d like to share? Please let us know! We’d love to hear from you.

Features for Teachers: We’re Gangin on a Bear Hunt

We’re gangin on a bear hunt.
We’re gaun tae catch a braw yin.
Whit a bonnie day!
We’re no feart.

Looking for a fun way to introduce the Scots language to your pupils? Reading a story they already know will help to provide the context children need to learn new Scots words. Translated by Scots language expert Susan Rennie, We’re Gangin on a Bear Hunt is a lively recreation of Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury‘s classic picture book. Get ready for a big adventure, as a family of brave bear hunters trudges through muckle forests and skirlin snawstorms, claggie mud and a deep cauld river in search of a glowerin bear!

Click the image below to download your free We’re Gangin on a Bear Hunt Activity Sheet:
Download your Bear Hunt Activity Sheet

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