Legends and Myths

After seeing Bryce Hedstrom‘s presentation at ACTFL about teaching with legends, I am feeling like jumping in to my little legends unit soon with my Spanish 2 class.  I teach the myth of Arachne (not Hispanic, I know) and then teach the Guatemalan legend of “How we learned to weave.”  (Comparisons!)  I’d like to have the students also read another legend on their own and create a presentation of it for the class.

I’m wondering if anyone out there has done any similar teaching with legends and if you’d like to share ideas/resources with me here?  I’d especially love some authentic yet accessible texts online!

Some of the legends I am thinking of include:

Popo e Ixta

La flor de la nochebuena

La virgen de Guadalupe

El sol y la luna

El Dorado


As well as the legends in these two books:


3 thoughts on “Legends and Myths

  1. Anny December 16, 2011 / 5:01 PM

    Hi Kristy,

    Are you familiar with the Peruvian legend of the llama’s secret? There are several out-of-print picture book versions, but it’s basically the flood story, Peruvian-style, with a wise llama leading all the good animals up the tallest mountain to escape the rising waters. It provides an explanation for why we have a sun and moon as well. This legend offers another good basis for cultural comparisons, with the Noah’s Ark story among others.

    Thanks for your post which brought this story to mind. It’d be a great one for me to build with my elementary school classes.

    There’s a Guatemalan one in the same Leyendas del Mundo picture book series about El rey colibrí.

    • kplacido December 17, 2011 / 7:57 AM

      Hi Anny! Thanks so much for these ideas! The kids are finishing up their projects next week and I will post during break. I am hoping this is something I can expand a little each year. I just love what the kids are coming up with!

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