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Tracks - Lesson 3: Analysing Chapter 1

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Liam Brooks

on 20 June 2018

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Transcript of Tracks - Lesson 3: Analysing Chapter 1

Activity: First person narration and writer’s ‘voice’

Davidson’s memoir begins thus: ‘I arrived in the Alice at five a.m. with a dog, six dollars and a small suitcase full of inappropriate clothes,’ is written in the first person, in a lively and engaging voice that appears to be telling us the truth. It has a similar effect as movies that begin with: ‘Based on a real story'. However, even in a book like this marketed as ‘Non-fiction’, we should be wary as readers that we may not be hearing the whole truth. This becomes even more complicated when a film is later made of the book, as is the case with Tracks. Both are perhaps versions of the truth but there will remain some elements of doubt and there are acts of interpretation involved in any act of creation.

> Students read and annotate the opening chapter of Tracks. Using different colours of symbols, they should highlight:

Personal pronouns:
each of the pronouns in English ( I, you, he, she, it, we, they, me, him, her, us, and them)

> Metaphors:
a thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else
> Figurative language:
figurative language is language that uses words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation. When a writer uses literal language, he or she is simply stating the facts as they are. Figurative language, in comparison, uses exaggerations or alterations to make a particular linguistic point.

> Australian turns of phrase/slang:
colloquial language, informal Australian sayings.

LI: To analyse the first chapter of

SC: Students will be able to explain the intended effect of personal pronouns, metaphors/figurative language and Australian slang.
Tracks - Lesson 3: Analysing Chapter 1
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