Float Like a Butterfly (6th Grade)

Float Like a Butterfly (6th Grade)

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Float Like a Butterfly invites readers into the ring to explore the life, courage, and wisdom of Muhammad Ali. Students will piece together a picture of this legendary fighter and be encouraged to find within themselves the very attributes that also make them great. Students will study poetry and use writing to make ordinary words great.

Before you begin...

Each Artful Reading Module is flexibly designed for a 2-3 week duration. Lessons are marked for Before-, During-, or After-Reading to guide your planning. We have added a sample of an After Reading lesson entitled Cut, Style, and Shave for you to preview. Each lesson is designed in an easy to read format, with standards, materials needed, and step-by-step directions to ensure you are fully prepared when it’s time to deliver. 

This module contains the following lessons:

  • Great Words
  • Who was Muhammad Ali?
  • Reflex Check
  • Float Like a Butterfly
  • Dreaming of Being a Superhero
  • The Art of the Athlete
  • Kinetic Art
  • What is an Ode?
  • Cut, Style, and Shave
  • Quite Majestic
  • And the Winner Is...
  • An Ode to Loose Parts

The summative writing tasks will invite students into a PBL experience.
While conducting self and group initiated research, the compelling question
students will explore is How can we be great?. Optional Extension Tasks are also available to stretch the module further.

Standards Matrix

This module is aligned to National Literacy standards and National Arts Anchor standards. For your reference, we have added images of the standards matrix for this module. 

Key Vocabulary

Paraphrase, Freedom, Greatest, Excellence, Champion, Perseverance, Generosity, Hero, Simile, Ode, Barbershop, Patron, Alliteration, Line, Movement, Rhythm