Objective: The novel, Giants in the Earth, is very relevant to American history. It can be seen as a work of historical fiction, casting the Hansa family as the brave pioneer family heading out West into the unknown carrying all of their worldly possessions in wagons. However, these characters are introduced as rather unimportant, everyday people even despite what the title of the novel may suggest. This lesson will take a look at the period of history in which this novel is set and determine the significance of the title of the novel. We will also look at the significance of the title of Book 1, Chapter 1.
1) Research: In groups, research the pioneer families of this time in America. Describe the movement and the covered wagon trails. Do you think their journey was any different than the Hansas' journey? What similarities do we see in just the first...
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