Leyendas impactantes

Leyendas impactantes
Comprehension-Based Reader™
These six Latin American traditional legends will captivate you!

Level 2 and up / Novice Mid — Intermediate Low

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Legends are stories that are traditionally passed from generation to generation, often evolving over time. Many types of legends exist. There are supernatural tales of the dead returned to life or terrifying monsters. There are religious tales, which tell of demons, saints, or miracles. There are legends that explain the origins of those things held most dear to a culture. And there are cautionary legends warning people of the dire consequences of unwise or immoral behavior. All of these types of legends abound in Latin America. Here you will find six exciting traditional tales that will inspire and captivate you!

Included in this reader:
La muchacha y el viento – Nahuatl (México)
La india Mariana – Argentina
El origen del maíz – Bolivia
La leyenda del coquí – Puerto Rico
El Sombrerón – Guatemala
El Silbón – Venezuela

The low unique word count and high-frequency factor (the number of times core structures are embedded in the text) in the Comprehension-based™ reader, ‘Leyendas impactantes’, make this an ideal read for beginning and intermediate 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, Level 3
  • 2 versions under one cover: Novice & Intermediate
  • Unique word count: 215, 280
  • Total word count: 5100, 6500
  • Page count: 58, 64
  • Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Digital Editions
  • A 412-page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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Leyendas impactantes Teacher's Guide

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

  • 412+ pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

    Vocabulary, cognates, comprehension questions, pre-reading discussion questions, blooming comprehension questions, paperless Google Drive activities


    Slideshows: Grupos indígenas de Latino América, Los Aztecas, Tenochtitlán, La Patagonia, Maravillas argentinas, Cambio climático Bolivia, El Yunque, Desastres Naturales, Llaneros

    Readings: “Tenochtitlán”, “Glyphs”, “Dioses aztecas”, “Migration from Europe to Argentina”, “Parallel Universe- Alternate legends”, “Las cholitas de Bolivia”, “El coquí”, “La jerga boricua”, “Cerca y lejos game”

    Activities: Sort it Out, Shake it Up, Write, Draw, Pass, Fan -n- Pick, Make Elotes, Reacción en cadena, Yellow Brick Road

    Features and Highlights:

    Interpersonal speaking through Los dados del saber, Hands-on with manipulative activities, Geographical Connections with Map Talk activities, Interpretive reading- Cultural readings, Higher order thinking through word games and secret phrases


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