Spanish Legends and Folktales

I love teaching a unit about legends and folktales in Spanish, and the students enjoy them, also.  We read about the history of La Virgen de Guadalupe in Mexico and La Virgen de los Angeles in Costa Rica and watch some video clips, then compare the stories.  I could also incorporate more stories, like la Virgen de Altagracia in the Dominican Republic and La Virgen de la Caridad de Cobre in Cuba.  Julia Alvarez wrote a children’s book about la Virgen de Altagracia.  We also read a version of La Llorona.  Then we talk about more of an urband legend, el Chupacabras.  This year we also read the story behind the Mexican handicraft called Alebrijes.  I created a Glog for students to visit.  I don’t really like my handout much, so I want to re-do it.  There is a link to the handout on the Glog; feel free to change it.  The Glog is located at http://chicaamable.edu.glogster.com/glog-2742/.  Alebrijes can also be a good unit in elementary Spanish classes.  The Anacleta website had good lessons there, but it seems the site no longer exists.  I did, however, find it archived: http://web.archive.org/web/20101206033333/http://anacleta.homestead.com/alebrijes.html.  There are several broken links but the information is still good.

I do this legends unit with my level 4 students, but Kristy Placido has a great legends unit she does in level 2.  She graciously shares the legends that she teaches in simple Spanish for her level 2 students.  Check our her blog entry at http://kplacido.com/2011/12/12/legends-project/

Here is a gem that I came across recently. It has Mexican legends with audio, and some also have teacher guides. http://letrasparavolar.org

Ten myths and legends in audio format with cloze exercises can be found at http://www.fluencyprof.com/free-spanish-audio.html

Here are some leyendas in audio format: http://www.audio-lingua.eu/spip.php?page=recherche&lang=es&recherche=leyenda&id_rubrique=4&id_mot=28

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