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It’s almost Halloween — an excellent time for everything bone-chilling, spine-tingling, and hair-raising! Vampires lurk, zombies shuffle, and ghosts and goblins get ready to take the town by storm! There is no better time of year to be haunted by some scary words.
Look at the ten words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition and the clues in the brief to craft a story that conveys the definition. Then, make a video that lasts 1 minute or less, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of your chosen word. Are you up to the challenge?
The ten words you can choose from in this challenge are: agony, anguished, dread, ghastly, grotesque, horrid, insidious, maliciously, ominous, and shrill.
Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your video:
Agony is a noun that means intense pain. Many people pronounce agony as A-go-nee.
A vampire might scream in agony when he gets a stake through the heart, something that would cause intense pain. Vampires aren’t the only ones who can experience agony. A carpenter might experience agony if he accidentally hits his thumb with a hammer. Someone who is skiing might experience agony if they break their leg on the slopes. You might even experience agony by stubbing your toe incredibly hard.
Pro Tip: Agony comes from the late Middle English word agony which means mental anguish.
Something to moan about.
Anguished is an adjective that means pained. Many people pronounce anguished as AYN-guished.
Ghouls, ghosts, and zombies are well known for their anguished moans and facial expressions. They make chilling sounds and faces that come from being deeply pained. Anybody who experiences something very painful might be described as anguished. If your friend gets an ice-cream headache, she might let loose with an anguished moan. Someone who stubs their toe off might make an anguished face.
Pro Tip: Anguished comes from the Latin word angustia which means tightness.
Really not looking forward to this one.
Dread is a noun that means fear. Many people pronounce dread as dred.
A group of spooky skeletons and zombies stumbling your way might fill you with dread, or a sense of serious fear. This isn’t only a word you would use during Halloween. The sight of a spider might fill your teacher with dread. A criminal might dread the sight of a police officer. If you hate the cold, you might dread the coming of winter.
Pro Tip: Dread comes from the Middle English word dreden which means to dread.
Oh gosh, how awful!
Ghastly is an adjective meaning very shocking or horrible. Many people pronounce ghastly as GAST-lee.
Trick-or-treaters who want to scare their friends and neighbors might use fake blood or a particularly ugly mask to make sure their appearance is as ghastly as possible. Ghastly is a descriptive word that means something is very shocking or horrible. A particularly bad car accident might be called a ghastly sight.A sudden and terrified scream might be a ghastly sound. The odor of rotting garbage is a ghastly smell. If you work very hard on your zombie costume, you will appear ghastly to those around you.
Pro Tip: Ghastly comes from the Middle English word gasten which means to terrify.
Not so handsome.
Grotesque is an adjective meaning ugly. Many people pronounce grotesque as gro-TESK
A wart-covered witch or an ugly, drooling troll could both be described as grotesque. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the word grotesque is reserved for the most unpleasing appearances. A cheerleader might describe a giant pimple on her nose as grotesque. A little kid might try as hard as he can to make a grotesque face. If you’re trying to scare someone this Halloween, you might wear a grotesque mask.
Another terrifying word.
Horrid is an adjective that means causing horror. Many people pronouncehorridas HOR-rid.
A werewolf might lift its face to the moon and let out a horrid howl, a sound that would cause horror in all who hear it. Anything that can be described as horrid would be deeply unsettling. If the garbage has been sitting there for weeks, it might emit a horrid smell. The screech of nails scraping across a chalkboard is a horrid sound. The news that an escaped criminal is on the loose might create a horrid feeling in your stomach.
Pro Tip: Horrid comes from the Latin word horrere which means to tremble or shudder.
Aren’t you sneaky?
Insidious is an adjective that means dangerous in a subtle or sneaky way. Many people pronounce insidious as in-SID-ee-us.
Let’s say that evil space aliens waited until Halloween to invade and conquer planet earth, because they would blend in with trick-or-treaters. No one would know they were among us until it was too late! That would be insidious plan, one that was both dangerous and sneaky. A cat might imitate the sound of a bird in an insidious plot to attract and catch a real one. A prankster might trick someone into stepping close to a swimming pool as the first step of an insidious plot to push them in.
Pro Tip: Insidious comes from the Latin word insidiōsus which means cunning.
Watch your back.
Maliciously is an adverb that means with evil intent. Many people pronounce maliciously as mal-ISH-us-lee.
If you are being chased maliciously by the Headless Horseman, it’s not a good thing and it’s no accident. It means that he has evil intent, and wants to do some harm. Halloween phantoms aren’t the only things that act maliciously. An angry bull might charge maliciously at a bullfighter’s red cape. A coiled snake might spring out maliciously and bite a hiker’s leg. If you were in a particularly bad mood, you might maliciously stick your leg out and trip someone you didn’t like. Please don’t do that, it’s very mean.
Pro Tip: Maliciously comes from the Latin word malus which means bad or evil.
Well, this doesn’t look good.
Ominous is an adjective that means threatening, or showing a sign of evil to come. Many people pronounce ominousas AH-min-us.
When you’re trick-or-treating, you might skip a house that has real skeletons on the front porch, as this is an ominous sign. This means the house would seem threatening, and the skeletons might be a sign of the evil that exists inside. Vultures circling a stranded, thirsty man in the desert are equally ominous. A dog growling and baring his teeth is an ominous sign, one that means possible trouble to come.
Pro Tip: Ominous comes from the Latin word ominosis which means full of foreboding.
Plug your ears.
Shrill is an adjective that means sharp sounding and high-pitched. Many people pronounce shrill as shril.
A coven of witches might laugh with a shrill cackle as they create a poisonous potion. Their laughter is shrill because it’s sharp sounding, and high-pitched. Lots of things can be described as shrill. A farmer might awake to the shrill scream of a rooster each morning. Your little brother might give a shrill scream if you take one of his toys. A dog might give a shrill “yipe” if you accidentally step on his tail.
Pro Tip: Shrill comes from the Low German term schrell which means sharp in tone or taste.
In a video no longer than 1 minute, you must:
Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:
Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:
In the event of a tie, the tie will be broken on the basis of the tied entrants’ scores in the “Educational merit and accuracy” criteria.
Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the Under 18 category and one in the Over 18 category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. Rules for each contest explain how and when we will notify you and the date the prizes will be announced. Prizes are awarded at Amplify’s discretion and subject to the applicable district and school policies. Teachers’ prizes may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.