This resource includes 7 reading selections followed by several questions to check for understanding and prompt discussion.
All of the readings are appropriate for Level 1 Spanish students. The readings get progressively longer and give students insight into Latin American Culture (particularly Costa Rica). These can be used as independent assignments or as station activities (with students progressing to more challenging activities).
There are accessible readings about the weather (only wet and dry seasons in Costa Rica), "Cariñativos" (papi, mami, etc.), school life, home and town life (la finca), giving directions (most Costa Ricans use landmarks instead of street names).
I assembled all this info while traveling in Latin America.