Folk Legends, Tales, and Fables: Creating and Reflecting Community
In this unit, students read a selection of Spanish-language folk legends from a variety of countries. Folk legends were and are used as a method of communicating ideas, beliefs, or unexplained events that give a community its particular identity. Students see how folk legends are important in creating and reflecting community and also look into how contemporary society uses legends to give meaning to events and community. To achieve that goal, students read legends in Spanish. Using graphic organizers, mapping activities, and timelines, they learn how to organize, summarize, and articulate relationships between the legends. They also learn new vocabulary through word games and investigate local legends by interviewing community members and interacting with a guest speaker. At the end of the unit, students create and present an original legend to the class.
Spanish, Writing, Reading
Unit of instruction
Southwest Educational Development Laboratory