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Learn About the Dreyfus Affair


Lesson 1 - Using Comic Strips to Teach Multiple Perspectives

 

This lesson will teach about bias and perspective by using two comic strips from the Lorraine Beitler Collection of the Alfred Dreyfus Affair. These two primary sources are::

Histoire d'un innocent

"Histoire d'un innocent - Story of an Innocent Man"

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Histoire d'un Traitre

"Histoire d'un Traitre - The Story of a Traitor"

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Students will use primary sources to understand how one event can lead to multiple interpretations as well as how all history holds a bias. The three files you will need are listed below individually in 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, a zipped version of these files in an editable MS Word format, or 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 "Histoire d'un innocent" includes images of each of the "Histoire d'un innocent" comic strip panels and their translations. This is for the "Dreyfusard" (pro-Dreyfus) student group and includes their reading road map questions.
Students copy of "Histoire d'un Traitre" includes images of each of the "Histoire d'untraitre" comic strip panels and their translations. This is for the "Anti-Dreyfusard" (anti-Dreyfus) student group and includes their reading road map questions.
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 the Two Comic Strips A single Zip file that includes high resolution images (jpegs) of the two primary source cartoons 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.