Lost in the Ranges by Norman Bilbrough
School Journal Part 4 Number 3 1995
WALT: Skim and scan for information
Authors viewpoint - finding evidence in the text
Success Criteria: I can skim and scan the text and find key information.
I can determine and think about how the writer is feeling what going through in this article.
Answer the following questions in red:
Referring to the title of the article what do you think the text is about?
A boy or Girl that got lost in the ranges
Have you ever been lost before? What are your experiences of being lost? Where were you, what happened?
Yes I got lost at the market. I was too busy looking at the toys and my family left me. I felt scared heaps of people were crowded. I stayed where I was then my sister Sammie noticed that I was not there she found me at the toys because that was the last place we went.
What type of text is this article e.g is it someone’s explanation of what happened, (refer to the first page)
Someone retelling the story that had happened to them 30 years ago
What does Bryan states he was the “youngest in the party”?
He is the youngest in the group of people
What was Bryan’s reason for taking part in this tramp?
He wanted to get to know some of the other boys because he had just moved schools.
Where about is this group of boys hiking? What is the temperature and climate like at this place?
They are hiking near Mt Alpha, Alpha Hut. “The weather is fine and clear but extremely cold” Says the book
What had Bryan carried in his bag for this trip?
He carried his sleeping bag a few more clothes, and a nibble-food. He thinks he was as also
Even though the weather was fine and clear it was cold. Why is it important to keep warm in situations such as this?
It is important because just like Bryan they could of fallen the clothes kind of cushioned his fall so it wasn’t that sore on his bottom or were ever he fall.
Bryan refers to his fall as “tobogganing”. What is tobogganing? Why has Bryan compared his fall to this?
Maybe he is referring to a bumpy because looking at the picture it seems like a rocky ride down.
After this fall, how do you think Bryan is feeling? Is he injured?
He is injured he has a cut above his eye and cuts on his hands which were swollen. I think he felt a bit afraid because he was alone and he had nothing to eat but he was warm.
Do you think the situation Bryan is currently in is dangerous? Why / why not?
Yes because there might be an avalanche or some wild animal might come and hurt him. He might starve to death or dehydrate.
Predict what you think will happen next?
Maybe he finds his way up but nobody is there
It seems as though Bryan has now been separated from the rest of his group.
If you were Bryan would you stay put and wait for someone to rescue you? Or would you seek help?
I would stay where i am because they might be going to look for help or get something or someone to help so If I did go somewhere they might go looking for him and they might get hurt.
How do you think the rest of the group will react to Bryan’s falling and injury?
Maybe they will be okay with it and they will just help him and patch up his sores and get him to a nice warm place.
Refer to the map on the next page, what information does this give us about where the accident happened and where Bryan was found?
His accident was near Mt Alpha
How had the group members described Bryan’s falling as?
It was like he disappeared or he did not exist because he did not see bryan fall
What had Bryan lost on his way down, how does this affect his chances of survival? And keeping safe?
He lost his chocolate chip biscuits and a few layers of clothing and all his food. It affected him and his survival because if you have no food you might starve to death and it might get too cold
Bryan tries to climb back up the hill, is this a good idea? Why/ why not?
No because he might fall and hurt himself even more
What was Bryan glad about wearing? For what reason do you think he was glad about this?
He says “I am glad that I worn wool” I would have been glad to because he is out in the cold he might freeze to death.
Bryan had no food with him, what are his chances of survival? What do you think he should do to keep himself energised? Why do you think this?
He can suck on the snow or signal for help. He should try keep warm. but still be active. I think this because when you are warm and active you don’t feel like slowing down.
Where had the rest of the group disappeared to when Bryan returned to find them?
They were arriving at Cloustonville and raising the alarm.
How do you think he is feeling to reach the Site with no one there?
Maybe he felt upset that no-one was there when he just got up.
Bryan states he wasn’t worried or scared. How would you be feeling in this situation?
I would be worried and I would be scared because something might come and hurt me and because I have a cut above my eye and cuts on my hand which is swollen.