Withholding the yoke from Abigail, who cannot return to the present without it, the Talliskers hold her captive until such time as the prophecies are revealed. For example, Abigail observes the similarity between painted women she meets and Victorian china dolls p. Playing Beatie Bow is a time-travel narrative which privileges the role of ephemeral objects in accessing the past and also acknowledging social and cultural difference.
Before us, croaking and huffing and squealing like some fabulous toad is the tawny city, explosive in growth, its metropolitan complex already covering square miles. While there is no reference to Aboriginal culture in Beatie Bow, the Companion tells a story about a woman who arrived on the First Fleet only to go missing soon after disembarking.
We know nothing about her except that she was thirty, a nurse, and a most resolute woman. She landed in Sydney Cove on February and absconded into the bush before February 12 . She was never heard from again. Only three clues faintly indicate the future life of Ann Smith. Almost two years later a piece of linen, supposed to have been part of her petticoat, was picked up fifty-two miles away in the bush.
Eight years later, a fishing boat taking shelter in a harbour near Port Stephens, heard from the tribesman that a white woman was living with the Aborigines further north. And then, strangest of all in , came an authentic report that on a whaler attacked by pirates in Alaskan seas, two people were killed, the helmsman and a woman from Port Jackson, named Ann Smith.
But these happenings, if they really concerned Ann Smith of the Lady Penrhyn, were far from January 26, Playing Beatie Bow is a novel which recognises how time and experiences can turn teenage girls into wonderful adults.
One of the most striking constrasts between and is the lack of education for women. Abigail Kirk quickly learns that Beatie wants to gain an education. In the year it was uncommon for girls, especially poor girls to gain any formal education.
She wants to find out how this has come about. Abigail tells her that she believes it is because she has become famous, or at least well known. This information gives Beatie the courage to think about changing her own situation in her own world.
Ruth Park weaves a graphic tale that quickly exposes Abigail to the harsh realities of the s. During her stay with the Bow family, Abigail is captured and taken to what she believes is a warehouse or bond store, but is in fact a house of disrepute. She thinks through her options of escape and looks for possible methods to do so. In this clip, students are introduced to the main characters, Abigail and Beatie Bow. They will see the pivotal moment where Abigail is transported from the twentieth century back in time to the nineteenth century.
Watching this clip will visually provide students with contextual information about the setting: The Rocks in s Sydney and Sydney Town. As well as this, the students will become familiar with the Scottish dialects and accents featured in the film. This is particularly important for those students who might find reading dialects and accents more challenging. The novel moves between the more gentrified aspects of The Rocks in Sydney in the s, to the early days of colonisation and the poverty and hardship of early settlers around Sydney Harbour.
This time travel mystery follows the usual conventions of the genre. These conventions are one focus of study in this unit where students will examine the circumstances and particular requirements of time travel within Playing Beatie Bowand a range of other novels, picture books, films and television series. Students will consider the process of travelling backward or forward in time a tardis, stepping through a wall, making a wish or wearing a dress with an antique crocheted collar as well as the motivation, outcomes and insights of characters.
For more background and a theoretical understanding of the time travel genre, please refer to the additional digital resources provided. Teachers and students may wish to research and learn more about either or both of these historical periods. Further resources of the historical detail and information about Australia in the s and Australia in the s can be investigated. Ruth Park incorporates Scottish dialect and accents as a device to bring the early characters more alive as new settlers to the colony of New South Wales, and to further confound Abigail as she attempts to come to terms with the strangeness of the people and places she encounters in her time travel.
While serving that literary purpose, it should be acknowledged that this use of accents, dialects and archaic vocabulary may create some challenge for young readers. For this reason, and to support an appreciation of the evolution of the English language, a pre-reading activity in this unit focuses on language use in the novel.
See Activity 1 for more detail. It is not only the syntax and language that have changed since and even the s: it is also interesting to note that across the novel there is only one reference to the Aboriginal people of the time, despite the fact that Australia had been continuously occupied by the Eora people for thousands of years prior to European colonisation.
Australian writers of twenty-first century fiction for young people would be more alert to the politics and significance of recognising traditional land ownership and abuses of the Aboriginal population during European colonisation.
It may be instructive to provide students with a snapshot of the advance and persistent challenges of Aboriginal rights and the significant legal and political events since Ruth Park wrote this novel.
In this way, students can see that literature can be a product of its time, and that Ruth Park may choose to include and acknowledge more of the Aboriginal experience if she were alive and writing today. Teachers will note that the extract is repeated as part of the analytical work to be undertaken by students in rich assessment task 1. The novel is likely to resonate most strongly for students fortunate enough to visit The Rocks as part of the study of this novel, or with clear memories of having been a tourist at The Rocks and exploring the laneways, stairs and historical sites so well preserved today.
Activity 3: Read aloud Understanding and rehearsing reading of this text is vital for teachers and strong readers who may like to participate in the classroom reading.
It may also be necessary to break the reading down into smaller manageable chunks because of some of the unfamiliarity of the language. This activity is designed to help students engage with and understand the language of the text. Over intervals of time best suited to the students in your class, read the first three chapters aloud.
This is to ensure that every student, regardless of their reading ability and disposition, has access to the text. It is suggested that students watch again the short video clips so they can examine the intertextuality across the genre, and consider how effectively Ruth Park employs the conventions of the time travel mystery within Playing Beatie Bow.
Family Kirk was a happy young girl who was cheery and enthusiastic towards her parents and life, until the day her father went off with another woman leaving her and her mother Kathy. Playing Beatie Bow is a novel which recognises how time and experiences can turn teenage girls into wonderful adults. This word traditionally means gateway to other worlds but with the changes in technology it has evolved to mean a website that functions as an entry point to the internet and other related sites and services. You can play with the result, changing colours, font styles and layout to create the desired effect. Restoration and reconstruction of The Rocks speaks, in other words, to a view of history that selects and values aspects of the past deemed important for re telling an official story about the development of the nation since white arrival.
Throughout the s and 80s, the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority oversaw the demolishing of old buildings and the preservation and restoration of those parts of the area deemed worthy for cultural heritage. Playing Beatie Bow is a novel which recognises how time and experiences can turn teenage girls into wonderful adults. For more background and a theoretical understanding of the time travel genre, please refer to the additional digital resources provided. But with the guidance of the wise Granny Talisker, Abigail soon learns that there is no greater love than to set your loved one free to be happy.
The main character, Miss Abigail Kirk, finds herself travelling back in time through a bizarre incident that ties her family to the Orkney Islands.
Abigail had never forgiven her father, Weyland, for leaving them. Throughout the s and 80s, the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority oversaw the demolishing of old buildings and the preservation and restoration of those parts of the area deemed worthy for cultural heritage.
Abigail quickly realizes that her childish behaviour proved her lack of knowledge of all things related to the heart.
The word clouds generated by the students will be used as part of the assessment for this unit. As well as this, the students will become familiar with the Scottish dialects and accents featured in the film. Adult life is not black and white at all. It is not only the syntax and language that have changed since and even the s: it is also interesting to note that across the novel there is only one reference to the Aboriginal people of the time, despite the fact that Australia had been continuously occupied by the Eora people for thousands of years prior to European colonisation.
The journey undertaken by the characters in Playing Beatie Bow brings them home to the same old world but with a renewed sense of reality. This discussion will support their success in the first rich assessment task.
She thinks through her options of escape and looks for possible methods to do so. Step 3: Discuss the meaning, use and spelling of each of the words as they are listed. When you look at it from that perspective it seems like bows are such a simple piece of equipment. Abigail learns that when it comes to love, the heart knows what the heart wants. One of the most striking constrasts between and is the lack of education for women. This discussion will support their success in the first rich assessment task.