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La LEYENDA URBANA es un relato perteneciente al folclore contemporáneo; se trata de un tipo de leyenda o creencia popular, a veces con un tipo de superstición, que, pese a contener elementos sobrenaturales o inverosímiles, es presentado como hechos reales sucedidos en la actualidad.

Algunas parten de hechos reales, pero estos son exagerados, distorsionados o mezclados con datos ficticios. Circulan a través del boca a boca, correo electrónico o medios de comunicación como prensa, radio, televisión o Internet. Suelen tener como trasfondo una oscura «moraleja». (fuente: wikipedia.org)

¿Cómo muestran las leyendas de todo el mundo lo que teme la gente?

How do legends around the world show what people fear?

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Suggested to teach this unit in October, when Halloween and all things scary are on their brains.

This is an introduction to the new unit that you can do after the previous unit’s assessment or start class with it and immediately lead into the first lesson.


  • Download the “Objective Sheet” and “Homework” from the download on main unit page
    • Print/copy for each student (can be put front/back)
  • Optional: Vocabulary Copy for each student.
  • Optional: Props to help with comprehension throughout the unit.

Introduce Unit 

Start by introducing the new unit to the students to let them know what they will be learning.

Essential Question

Ask the question (Spanish or English). See what they think it is or what they already know. 

Introduce the essential questions for the unit. See what they already think.

Options: – Start a journal (written or video). Give them time to reflect back after lessons.

Unit Objectives

Before showing the sheet, ask what they think they will need to learn to be able to understand and talk about legends/characters. Make a list of what they say.

Pass out the Objective Sheet for this unit to students. Have them circle their proficiency goal at the bottom. Refer back to the rubric if needed.

If you want to do a pre-assessment, they could try to do each of the objectives.


Give them the experiences sheet. Go over the options. See if they have any other ideas that would connect with the 5 C’s (community, cultures, communication, connections, comparisons). Explain how, how many, and when to turn it in. Also explain guidelines for the “Your Option” like does it need to be approved first.

As a World Language department, create or join an event where you can incorporate the legends from the culture. Examples:

  • If your school does a haunted halls for the community, have a booth sponsored by your class or club where students dress up as the target culture characters.
  • Have a Fall Festival that includes multiple departments and classes (German: Struwwelpeter)
  • Have a Legends costume contest.
  • Team up with the drama department to recreate a play about the legend (or multiple legends). Your class has small groups that research one and have a group in the drama class that they are collaborating with. Art department may be a part of this too (costumes, set, etc).
  • Perform for a local elementary school or community event.


This is a way for students to organize the vocabulary that they learn each day.

You may want to create a word wall with the following “categories” that will be added to throughout the unit:

  • Personajes y criaturas
  • Descripciones (think 5 senses)
  • Lugares
  • Otros

Extension Ideas

  • For level 2 students and higher, give them a pre-assessment to see their strengths and areas for growth.
  • Connect with other content teachers
  • Arrange for a guest speaker to visit

Think about the cross-curricular and career connections you can make:

Language Arts – Analyzing/creating a story (collaborate with English Arts teacher while they are reading a sci-fi novel)

Arts/Drama – Makeup, dramatic effects

Humanities – Legends/Cultural Beliefs

History – Ancient Civilizations (collaborate with history teacher)

Careers – Special Effects make-up artist (connect with a local haunted house or theatre to bring in a guest)

Possible additional objectives for the unit (not included):

I can talk about legends and monsters from my childhood.

Search on Twitter: miedo, niño, temía, oscuridad, lloraba, etc

I can create a new character and legend.

I can create a story about a legend (written or drama).


I can create a trailer for my legend.

Share your resources and ideas with the community below!


  1. Dan Kelty

    There are some children’s videos of legends in the Latino culture all under the title “Cuenta la leyenda”. They are animated and usually around 11-12 mins. long but definitely usable. Here’s a link to one of them:


    • Kara Parker

      Thanks for sharing, Dan!

  2. blakely edgington

    Hola AT community! We just started this unit with my Spanish 3, 4, and Heritage Spanish combo class today, and I’ve been doing pre-assessments this year (basically giving them the final assessment on day 1 of the unit when I introduce the goals), and then we have a good comparison at the end of the unit. Especially in these higher-level classes it’s much more difficult for them to see their progress since they’re not moving sublevels as quickly as they were in Level 1 or 2, so the pre-assessments have been great for them. To kick off the unit we turned off all the lights except a spooky light I have, and everyone went around (in person and online bc we’re A/B half and half) and told a scary story. They were ROUGH and we had a lot of good laughs not fully understanding what exactly people were trying to say but knowing we were supposed to be terrified, and they’re stoked to learn more and be able to tell their stories better by the end of the unit! Thanks for this new one, it’ll be fun!

    • Kara Parker

      That’s a great way to kick it off! Thanks for sharing. : )
      And so true about seeing progress in those upper levels. Also a great way for you to see what they may or may not need so you can adjust the upcoming lessons.

  3. Andrea Williamson

    Hola 🙂 I have a question about the stamp sheet and the Puedo statements. It seems like there is one missing from the stamp sheet (“Puedo describir las caracterísiticas de personajes”) and I’m wondering if this is intentional, or if there’s a suggestion I’ve missed somewhere about “we created this, but you could also try that” type of thing?

    • Kara Parker

      My bad! That’s a brand new lesson and I forgot to add it. I’ll update it tomorrow. And for the order, my suggestion would be the order on the main page (left to right, too to bottom). But several can definitely be moved around.

  4. Andrea Williamson

    Oh, and since I’m undertaking this unit for the first time, I’m wondering if anyone in the AT community has a sequence of Can Dos that they would recommend? Gracias, de antemano.

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