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Learn About the Dreyfus Affair


Lesson 2 - Decoding Propaganda        Back to Lesson Page Back to the Lesson Plans Page

 

This lesson will allow students to decode and decipher two primary source documents that advocate for two very different points of view on the same subject. The letter written by Emilie Zola is accusing the military of falsifying documents in order to accuse Alfred Dreyfus of being a spy. The letter by Edouard Drumont is in response to Zola's accusations and it accuses Zola, and his supporters, of trying to take down the military by defending a guilty man. The primary sources used in this lesson are:

Histoire d'un innocent

"J'Accuse...!" by Emile Zola

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Histoire d'un Traitre

"J'Accuse...!" by Edouard Drumont

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The three files you will need are listed below individually, they are in the PDF format. You may download and print them or view them onlne, whichever scenario is most appropriate for your classroom setting. Optionally, you can download a zipped version of these files in an editable MS Word format. You can also dowload a zipped version of the facsimiles of the two primary source images used above.

Teacher's Lesson Plan includes instructions and the reading road map questions.
Students copy of "J'Accuse...!
by Emile Zola"
this is a trancription/translation of an excerpt from the primary document. It includes the reading roadmap questions for this excerpt.
Students copy of "J'Accuse...!
by Edouard Drumont"
this is a trancription/translation of an excerpt from the primary document. It includes the reading roadmap questions for this excerpt.
Zip files of the above documents in
PDF
or MS Word format
Two zip files that let you download the three lesson plan documents listed above in either PDF or MS Word format..
Zip File of "J'Accuse...!" images A single Zip file that includes high resolution images (jpegs) of the two primary source documents used in the lesson plan (and seen above).
Overview Sources
of the Dreyfus Affair
17 minute film, Dreyfus Revisited: a Current Affair, on YouTube.
Brief PowerPoint presentation, PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation.