halloween-1679591_640The spookiest time of the year is upon us! It seems to me that this time of the year is one of the best for sharing with students the rich cultural heritage of Spain and Latin America. It also offers up a lot of wonderful opportunities for cultural comparison.

Kara Jacobs (once again sharing all of her over-the-top, amazing work with us for FREE) inspired me with her unit on miedos and activity for El Sombrerón. My Pre-AP Spanish II students just finished reading La Llorona de Mazatlán by Katie Baker (published by TPRS Publishing). I really want to stretch that learning just a little farther by taking a look at some other culturally rich myths and legends.

I have put together a quick, short document of some of my favorite Latin American and Spanish legends. Fair warning: this was rushed, last minute, and meant for my Novice Mid- to – High learners. But since I know a lot of Spanish teachers are delving into the same topic this week, I wanted to go ahead and share what I have. Sharing is caring, right?!

My students are going to break into small groups to read these little quasi-embedded readings (full length sources are included, and I hope to have time to get to them). After my students read, I would really like to have them do some comprehension activities like Kara has in her activity. Then, the students will investigate their “monstruo,” and prepare some kind of presentation in a media of their choice (sources MUST be cited – why is this so hard?). Click here for my slides for students with simple instructions. Finally, when students present, the other groups will listen and fill in an interpretive listening chart. This chart will be used on a writing assessment.

Enough delay. Here is my (extremely rushed, often contrived) document of short, scary legends from Latin America and Spain.

Let me know how I can improve it!


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