PPT in PDF format is a pre-reading activity. Students are given an image to describe. There is also a vocabulary building exercise. The last slide prompts students to read aloud and highlight the verbs as they read. I have them work with a partner and give them red and green crayons. As they read the legend, they color the verbs; red for Preterit and Green for Imperfect. PPT in PDF format has 12 slides.
This lesson makes a connection to the ancient Mayas. After reading the legend, students learn that the Quetzal is sacred to the Maya people and I inform them that the bird is in danger of extinction. I have them read an article "Quetzal en peligro de extinción" which leads to my Environment Unit.
Their are several versions of "El Quetzal no muere nunca" online. Great reading assignment that makes connections to many disciplines while building their vocabulary and reviewing grammar. Legends are great to use to review the Preterit and Imperfect while making connections to the country's culture and history.
Common Core Standards:
Identify the main idea and most supporting details contained in culturally authentic materials using electronic information and other sources related to targeted themes.
Recognize familiar words and phrases understand the main idea and infer the meaning of some highly contextualized unfamiliar spoken or written words in culturally authentic materials using electronic information and other sources related to targeted themes.
Infer the meaning of some unfamiliar words and phrases in academic and formal contexts.