This lesson plan with accompanying materials aligns with Common Core standards RI.9-10.1 through 5 and SL.9-10.4 and provides 2 - 3 days of classroom activity. The lesson would fit nicely in a World Literature course during a unit on Latin American writing or in any other course during a unit on short stories when students can read "Handsomest Drowned Man" or another Latin American Magical Realism short story.
In this lesson, students work in groups to paraphrase a portion of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Nobel Prize for Literature speech, to identify the main idea as well as supporting evidence, and to define unknown vocabulary words. They present their portion of the text to the class before the class reads the text as a whole. Finally, the lesson culminates in deeper reading questions that focus on the effect of Marquez's choices - especially allusions and transitions. Through the lesson, students learn to understand and analyze a truly complex text.