Henry Lawson was able to see the challenges of settling a new land from a woman's point of view. In this poem, Past Carin', the narrative voice is that of a woman at the limits of her endurance.
The centre of this unit is the recording of the work. It is embedded in a PowerPoint that promotes three simple stages of tackling the poem. This complements the workbook activities that can be printed off and used as needed. The 'Before You Read' tasks help prepare students by building on what they already know or by having them imagine what they may encounter. The 'As You Read' tasks centre on the poem itself; the images, the rhyme, the narrative. And the 'After You Read' activities attempt to place this in context by encouraging research or an application of the information gathered.