Yesterday, the world launch of Asterix's new album took place, Caesar's papyrus. This is the 36e album featuring the famous Gaul.

"The Albert-René editions printed 4.2 million copies of the new comic book of the famous Gallic warrior, including 2 million for France."

Source: Radio-Canada

"With La Guerre des Gaules as another inspiration, perhaps one of the oldest and most famous propaganda tales, written by Caesar himself, we can guess that it will be a question of information and disinformation - but it seems that the famous Gallic village has only for the horoscope of the newspapers, read only by Rezowifix, another new character, the scholar of the band. "

Source: Press


Goals

At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:

- Understand the plot of Asterix's new album;
- Reflect on freedom of information and concepts concerning freedom of expression;
- Find out what the names of comic book characters refer to;
- Watch an Asterix film and note the anachronisms.


Suggested activities

ACTIVITY 1: The Papyrus of Caesar

First, borrow Asterix comics from the library and display them in class. Ask the students if they have ever read any of these albums?

Tell students that the 36th album has just been released in bookstores. In order for them to discover the plot of this new comic, invite them to read the following Radio-Canada article.

Then ask the students the questions below. Do not hesitate to consult the Web or other tools to find information.

- What is a papyrus?
- Who is Julien Assange and what did he do?
- What does this excerpt refer to: "the birds are blue and throw" Twiit "?
- What is the name of the true account written by Caesar concerning his exploits of war and his conquests?

ACTIVITY 2: Freedom of information

Invite students to think about freedom of information. What do they think it could be?
Is it the same as freedom of speech?

Have students make a list of all the concepts related to free speech. Here are some concepts they might name:

- Censorship
- Transparency
- The right to information
- Disinformation
- Etc.

Finally, have them research the definition of named concepts. Can they link some of them together? For example, Amnesty International mentions that the rights of expression, opinion and information are linked: How to be able to express oneself if we do not have the right to have an opinion and how to have an opinion without having information?

ACTIVITY 3: Asterix and Obelix

This activity will allow students to discover the universe of Asterix and Obelix by presenting them with different characters from the series.

Have students complete the following diagram. For each character, they must indicate what that name refers to. For example, Asterix refers to the typographic sign asterisk and also to the true Gallic leader Vercingétorix.


For further

Watch in class one of the films starring Asterix and Obelix. You may want to have students write down any anachronisms they see during the viewing.

Here is a list of films:

Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999)
Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002)
Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008)
Asterix and Obelix: In the service of Her Majesty (2012)


More about the magazine

Asterix.com
Official site

List of Asterix characters
Wikipedia article

Many fans at the launch of the new Asterix
La Presse, October 22, 2015

INTERACTIVE. Asterix and Tintin on Google: The match
Le Parisien, October 21, 2015

Educational file: Freedom of expression
Amnesty International

Véronique is a librarian at the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières and a trainer in educational technology for future teachers. She also holds a teaching certificate in the social universe at the secondary level and collaborates regularly with the organization L'École branchée.

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