Everything you need to understand or teach Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina.
The novel Storming Heaven tells four different narrators' perceptions of events surrounding life in the coal camps of West Virginia in the first two decades of the twentieth century. The novel begins as coal companies move into the region and culminates in the story of a real-life deadly battle between mineworkers and mine owners backed by government. It is a story rarely covered in history books.
The novel begins before the arrival of the coal companies. Life in rural southwestern West Virginia is much like it has been for generations. The agrarian society farms the land and lives season to season. Rumors circulate that the railroad companies want the mineral rights to the land, and then agents of the railroad appear and begin asking for signatures on documents giving away mineral rights. Some landowners, like C.J. Marcum's grandfather, are adamantly opposed to giving away any portion of...
Storming Heaven: A Novel Lesson Plans contain 134 pages of teaching material, including: