Decoding Propaganda: J’Accuse…! vs. J’Accuse…!

Reading snail mail is a great way to go back into history and to understand others' points of view. The resource, the second in a five-part unit, covers the Dreyfus Affair. Scholars, working in two different groups, read one letter and one perspective on the topic and then answer questions analyzing the letters.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Give a short review lesson on propaganda before beginning 
  • Differentiate for GATE students by asking them to write an essay or engage in a class discussion comparing the two resources without using the reading map
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires two different handouts
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Enhances primary source analysis skills
  • Asks questions that require critical thinking
Cons

  • None