Final Exam Review Sheet, Semester 1 Grade 6 English Language Arts Ms. Guerin The 6th grade final exam for English Language Arts will have four (4) sections. Five sections: 1. Spelling – Spelling List 8 (next page) 2. Literary Elements and Devices – Write definitions of literary elements; know the difference between first person and third person point-of-view in literature 3. Writing – You will write two well-structured paragraphs in response to these questions about traditional literature (one paragraph for each question). You may bring your Cornell notes on traditional literature. What is traditional literature, and what does it tell us about cultures? Give examples and describe some different types of traditional literature. Why do we still read traditonal stories such as folktales and myths? Why do we tell them to our children? What purpose do they serve in our lives today? 4. Reflective Writing: You will respond to the following questions in complete sentences, being honest, thorough, and thoughtful. -How do you feel about the work you did in English class this semester? -Do you feel you improved in any particular area or areas? -How were you challenged? -Are there any areas in which you need extra help? -What did you enjoy or not enjoy in English class this year? -What are your goals for Semester 2 in English class? HOW TO STUDY FOR THE ENGLISH FINAL EXAM 1. SPELLING: Study these words using the methods that work best for you. SPELLING LIST 8 intelligent interruption island interesting invitation jealous interfere irrelevant judgment interpretation irritable knowledge 2. LITERARY ELEMENTS AND DEVICES: Be able to write definitions for the following terms and place them accurately on a plot chart. Character – Who the story is about. Major characters are necessary to the story. The main character usually changes or grows in a work of fiction. Setting – The time and place in which a story or novel takes place. Plot – The action of a story. Plot usually follows an arc structure. Elements of plot include: Exposition: Introduces the characters and setting Conflict: The main character’s problem Rising Action: The character’s attempts to solve the problem; complicating events. Climax: The point of greatest intensity in the story in which the conflict is usually resolved. Resolution: Wraps up the plot at the end. Point of View: Perspective from which the story is told. 3rd person (he/she) 1st person (I) Theme: The author’s main message in a work of literature. The theme is written as a sentence (NOT just a word or phrase!) and is a general statement about life. Draw an arc of plot on this page and label these parts: Exposition Conflict Rising action Climax Falling action Resolution 3. WRITING: Paragraph structure: Be able to write a well-structured paragraph, with a clear topic sentence, supporting detail sentences, and a concluding sentence. Be able to use correct punctuation for sentences and paragraphs. Traditional Fiction: Be able to define traditional literature and distinguish its various forms (fables, myths, folk tales, trickster tales, fairy tales, legends). Use your Cornell notes or textbook, pages 173-4. You can also use the “Handbook of Literary Terms” in the back of your textbook, pages 712-22. Think about why people have read and told these stories for thousands of years and why we still tell them today. 4. REFLECTIVE WRITING: Think about the questions listed on the first page of this handout and be able to write in detail about each one.