Scottish Culture Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson will help your students learn about Scottish culture and traditions. Students will read a text lesson, participate in group activities, and assess their understanding with a short quiz.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe the history and geography of Scotland
  • identify features of Scottish culture
  • explain some Scottish traditions


This lesson will take 45-90 minutes.

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social science.

Materials Needed

  • Copies of the text lesson, one for each student
  • Copies of the printable worksheet, one for each student
  • Map of Europe
  • Slideshow that includes pictures of coat of arms, haggis, bagpipes, kilt, and Guy Fawkes mask
  • Clips of bagpipe music
  • Research materials


  • bagpipe
  • clan
  • coat of arms
  • crest
  • dialect
  • haggis
  • kilt
  • motto


  • Ask students what they know about Scotland. Write all their responses on a chart.
  • Read the text lesson Scottish Culture & Traditions as a class. Pause after the 'Scotland' section.
  • Help students identify Scotland on a map of Europe. Discuss how its geographic location and borders might influence Scotland's history and the way of life of its residents.
  • Continue reading the 'Scottish Culture' section with students. While reading, have students complete a concept map about Scotland that describes family life, religion, language, food, sports, music, and clothing of Scotland.
  • Show students the slide show while playing bagpipe music in the background. Point out where the crest and motto are on the coat of arms. Identify each of the pictures with students. On the final slide, ask students if they know who Guy Fawkes is and how the symbolism of Guy Fawkes is used in pop culture. Explain that they will learn more about him as they continue the lesson.
  • Read the remainder of the lesson with students.
  • 5-minute quick write: Have students make a list of everything they learned about Scotland from this lesson. Give students the opportunity to share with the class and add the things they learned to the chart paper about Scotland that was started at the beginning of the lesson.
  • Use the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.

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