This thematic unit helps intermediate students of Spanish to narrate stories in the past. Two authentic Aztec myths provide a language rich setting for communication. The activities, stories and assessments are mapped to the National Standards for Foreign Language. El sol y la luna tells the Aztec myth of the sun and the moon. Los novios is an epic tale that explains the origin of two volcanoes in Mexico. This unit contains everything you need:
Standards-based Lesson Plans
Lesson plans for each story prepare students with a wide variety of pre-reading, reading, and post-reading activities that support the standard objectives. Each story also has a science connection that allows students to learn about volcanoes and the solar system in Spanish.
Photocopiable Student Handouts
The teacher handbook also includes student handouts that you can copy for your class as needed. These include story maps, student flashcards, sentence strips, and other worksheets.
Flashcards and Storytelling Props
We have included flashcards so that the students can practice retelling the stories and creating new ones with the characters.
The color graphics (pdf) provide a rich backdrop for telling the stories set in Teotihuacán and Tenochitlán. We also include images of the volcano and mountain so that you can project it large enough to give the students an idea of their size.
This unit includes animated versions of the myths told by our narrator, Eugenia Porello, in lush and comprehensible tones. Each story comes alive on the screen to help students interact with the text. Eugenia's students also show different ways to teach essential vocabulary.
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