El duende de Salento

El duende de Salento
Comprehension-Based Reader™
Zaria works to prove that a legend is false, but she is terrified by what she discovers.

Level 2 and up / Novice Mid — Novice High


A legend is a story that has been passed down from generation to generation. Although many believe legends are historically-based, they generally are not verifiable. When Zaria’s parents impose restrictions that are founded on a legend, Zaria is determined to verify it is anything but true. What she discovers sends a chill down her spine and is sure to make your hair stand on end!

The exceptionally low unique word count and high-frequency factor (the number of times core structures are embedded in the text) in the Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘El duende de Salento’, make this an ideal read for very beginning Spanish students. Each page is loaded with cognates (words that are similar in English and Spanish), recycled vocabulary, and illustrations, which makes this read highly comprehensible.


  • Level 2 and up​​​
  • Past tense
  • Unique word count: 160
  • Total word count: 5900
  • Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Bundles
  • A 275-page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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El duende de Salento Teacher's Guide

Our Teacher's Guides are loaded with resources to enrich the teaching and learning experience.

  • 275 pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

    Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, quiz, pre-reading discussion questions slideshow


    Slideshows: Colombia, Culpabilizar a las víctimas, Ecoturismo en Colombia, El eje cafetero, La comida colombiana, Música colombiana

    Readings: “El tejo o turmequé“, “Los duendes“, "Artesanías colombianas", "Fernando Botero", "Salento, Colombia"

    #Supersticiones, Fernando Botero Glyph, Quip Lash Game (for Artesanías reading)

    Features and Highlights:

    Online Supplement, ¿Cómo? ¿Cuándo? ¿Dónde?, 6 of one, half dozen of another, Al principio o al final, Alerta, Antes, después o durante, Curtain Call, Eight is Enough, El más lógico, Eventful, Fill ‘er up, Find the Faker, In the Middle, On Deck, Over Time, Placement Test (Sequencing Activity), Primero o segundo, Questionable, Reader‘s Theater, Red Light, Green Light, Space Cadet, Subjective, The Gauntlet: Final Assessment, The Splits, Thumbs Up 7Up, Two Truths and a Lie, Which Sitch is Which?


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