Testigo: La historia de Brayan

Testigo: La historia de Brayan
Comprehension-Based Reader™
After Brayan witnesses a horrific crime, he is forced to flee his home in Guatemala and attempt to reunite with his mother in the United States.

Level 2 and up / Novice Mid — Intermediate Low

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What if we could UNsee an event? What if we could UNexperience a tragedy? For 14-year-old Brayan that would mean an end to his fear and paranoia and the return to his home, friends, and family. Unfortunately, what Brayan has witnessed has left him alone and fleeing for his life. Will the hope of a better life far beyond the borders of Guatemala be enough to keep him safe? This is the true story of Brayan’s struggle for survival and his quest to rebuild a new life after losing everything.

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, ‘Testigo: La historia de Brayan’, make this an ideal read for novice 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.


  • 2 versions under one cover: Novice-High & Intermediate-Low
  • Levels 2 and 3
  • Past tense
  • Unique word count: 198, 300
  • Total word count: 7547, 9050
  • Page count: 62, 68
  • Audio recording embedded in the Student and Teacher Bundles
  • A 589-page Teacher's Guide is also available!
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Testigo: La historia de Brayan Teacher's Guide

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

  • 589 pages/slides

    In Every Chapter:

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

    Pre-Reading Unit:

    Anticipation Guide, Class Map, Map Talk, Large Printable Map, Small individual maps, A Bunch of Hunches, Historia en Snapchat


    Slideshows: Chiapas, México, La comida guatemalteca, Guatemala, ¡Visita Guatemala!

    Readings: “Asilo politico”, “Familias con estatus migratorio mixto”, “Cómo obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense”, “Los coyotes de la frontera”, “Frontera Corozal, Chiapas”, “La leyenda del escudo nacional mexicano”, “Huehuetenango, Guatemala”, “Los Bomberos Voluntarios de Guatemala”, “Breve historia de Guatemala”

    Features and Highlights:

    Readers Theater Scripts, Final Assessment, Hitting the Highlights Game, Text-Pert, The Splits, ‘Imposters’ Activity, Marker Partner Game, Synonymous, ‘Slap’ Game, Scene Machine, Alerta, Quip Lash, ¿Quién lo dijo?, ¿Quién se describe?, ‘Emotional Roller Coaster’ Activity, ‘Emotional Mind Readers’ Activity, Two Truths and a Lie, ¿Antes, después o durante?, ¿Cómo? ¿Cúando? ¿Dónde?, Doodle Noodle, Picasso of Plates, Numbered Heads Together, Story Chunks Activity, On Deck, Toma uno, por favor, 6 of One, Half Dozen of Another, 8 is Enough, Sequencing Activities, ‘By the Numbers’ Game, Cucharas Game, Curtain Call, Password, Reverse Charades, La mano del saber, Which Sitch is Which?, Scavenger Hunt, ¿Al principio o al final?, The End, Flashbacks, The Unfair Game (write-on-the-board format), The Unfair Game (PowerPoint), Memory Game (PowerPoint), Memory Game (Printable), Risky Business Game, Round Robin Writing


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