Thursday, December 10, 2009

FInal Exam Study Guide

Sixth Grade Fine Arts Final Exam Study Guide

The exam is divided into four parts, one per Fine Arts subject area. Here's what you should know for each part.

I. Poetry

In this section, you'll be asked to list some terms and examples of how you would use them in your writing. You'll also write some poetry.

Know the different types of figurative language and how to use each one. These include: alliteration, onomanopoeia, simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and personification.

Know the rhythm and rhyme schemes of haiku (17 total syllables, 5/7/5, no rhyme) and limericks (AABBA rhyme scheme). Know what a rhyming couplet is and how to write one. Know what a stanza is.

II. Music

Think back on the different activities we did during the music unit. We watched some video from the documentary "Music From the Inside Out;" took a listening walk around the school; listened to, discussed, wrote about, and made music maps charting different selections of recorded music; clapped and made rhythmic noises together, created our own rhythms and instruments, and learned about graphic scores. Know your vocabulary from this unit:

tempo, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tone, composer, musician, graphic score, orchestral instruments, music map

III. Visual Art

This section is mostly performance tasks - things you already know how to do, for which you will need to remember proper vocabulary. You will most likely spend the greatest amount of time on this section, since you will be asked to do some drawing. You should know:

Color wheel: primary, secondary, and tertiary/intermediate colors.

What is value, and what techniques can you use to create it?

Know your line and shape types! Organic, geometric, regular, irregular, broken, thick, thin, angular, wavy, etc.

Know line directions: vertical, horizontal, diagonal

We've done two types of drawing from life: contour and gesture. Know the difference.

IV. Drama

You'll need to remember a lot of vocabulary for this section. It's all words that we used all the time in drama. You will be asked to fill in the blanks of a story about directing a play with the appropriate words, and occasionally to write short answers responding to questions about the story.

Vocabulary: pantomime, actor neutral, improvisation, projection, diction, ensemble, pace, props, stage directions, monologue, dialogue.

Review terms from the Greek Tragedy unit as well. Know the parts of a Greek theatre (orchestra, parodos, theatron, skene) as well as the parts of a Greek tragedy (prologue, parodos, episode, stasimon, exodos). Review your notes on the essential elements of Greek tragedy, including late pont of attack, tragic hero, tragic flaw, chorus, masks, etc. I know you know this!

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