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What lights your way?

We all have ideas that we live by, beliefs that guide us and help us make decisions. Writers use powerful words to capture the strengths of our beliefs and ideas. These words help convey the driving forces behind how we act, think, and learn.

In this contest, we have four words that are used to describe these guiding lights. Pick one and tell a short story in video form that captures the essence of its meaning. Creatively craft your story in a one-minute video that includes the part of speech, definition, and a sentence that accurately uses the one word that you choose.

The four words you can choose from in this challenge are: principle, supposition, deem, and deplore.

Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your video:

  • Your video must be no longer than one minute
  • You must choose only one word for your video
  • You must use the definition provided below
  • You must display the word, part of speech, definition, and an example sentence on the screen at appropriate points during your video

1) Principle (noun) - an idea that serves as a basis for a system of belief or behavior; a rule or belief regulating behavior

Principle is a noun that means an idea that serves as a basis for a system of belief or behavior; a rule or belief regulating behavior.

Writers use principle when they wish to name an important idea or belief. Community groups, organizations, and governments determine their basic principles before establishing themselves as institutions. Without these guiding lights, their purpose would be unclear.

Writers also use principle when they want to describe a character that acts with great integrity. An epic hero finds courage to face danger because he is guided by principle, instead of being controlled by fear.

Pro Tip: Principle comes from the Latin words principium (singular), which means a beginning, origin, first part, and the word principia (plural), which means foundation, elements.

Example: Nathan resigned as president of the student council because he did not agree with its basic principles.


2) Supposition (noun) - uncertain belief; assumption

Supposition is a noun meaning uncertain belief; assumption.

Writers use supposition to describe thoughts that are not necessarily true. A film producer went into debt making a film on the supposition his movie would be a summer blockbuster. A fair judge evaluates facts proven by evidence; a poor judge allows supposition to influence her opinions.

Pro Tip: Supposition comes from the Late Latin word suppositionem, which means assumption, hypothesis.

Example: “‘May I ask your reason for such an insulting supposition, sir?’ said Hippolyte, trembling with rage.” -Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot


3) Deem (verb) - to have an opinion; to believe

Deem is a verb that means to have an opinion; to believe.

Writers use deem to describe the act of having a strong belief. You might deem the new highway through downtown necessary, but that doesn’t mean the mayor agrees with you. If we believe in the justness of the judicial system, then we deem it to be fair and unbiased.

Pro Tip: Deem comes from the Old English word deman, which means to judge, condemn, think, compute.

Example: I don’t agree with the critic’s positive review of that film; I deem it unwatchable!

4) Deplore (verb) - express or feel strong disapproval or dislike

Deplore is a verb that means to express or feel strong disapproval or dislike.

Writers use deplore to describe a very strong feeling of dislike, disapproval, or criticism. We deplore things that we do not like, agree with, or that violate our personal code of ethics. A labor union works to get better wages because they deplore the amount workers are paid. Two film critics deplore the terrible movie they saw last night. Your parents deplore your decision to dye your hair a different color.

Pro Tip: Deplore comes from the Latin word deplorare, which means to complain or give up on.

Example: The unhealthy, tasteless food served in the cafeteria is something we often deplore while eating lunch.


GET STARTED:

1.READ THE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS IN THE RULES TAB.

2.CHECK OUT THOUGHT STARTERS IN THE RESOURCES TAB.

3.GO CREATE!

Rules

Submission requirements:

In a video, no longer than 1 minute, you must:

  • Choose only one word from the list provided.
  • Clearly and accurately demonstrate the meaning, pronunciation and correct usage of the word using the definition provided.
  • Display the following as text on screen at appropriate points during your video:
    • The word and its part of speech (noun, adjective or verb).
    • The definition of the word.
    • The word used accurately in a sentence that describes the actions in your video.
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.

Key Dates:

  • October 15, 2013 – Contest opens
  • November 12, 2013 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • December 12, 2013– Winners announced on the Project ED website (UPDATED)

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: Your video achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and engagement: Your video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Your video conveys its message in an artistic, creative and innovative way.
  • Quality of video production: Your video has high resolution and audio quality, effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography and demonstrates production skills.
  • Appropriate content: Your video does not contain indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, or offensive material.

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:

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.

Official Requirements:

  • The video’s creator must be 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • Your video cannot last more than 1 minute.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source music, film clips, images, or locations you use.
  • You can only submit one entry per contest.
  • If you are employed by a school you must ensure your entry into this contest is in compliance with your institution’s policies.
  • Please carefully read the complete rules listed in the Contest Terms.

Thought Starters for a “Guiding Lights” Video

  • Pick a member of your school, family, or community whom you respect the most. Make a one-minute interview documentary about him or her with a focus on the underlying principles upon which this honorable person bases his or her actions and accomplishments.
  • Have you ever taken a risk based on supposition? Make a one-minute short about a character who risks it all based on a supposition.
  • Many decisions are deemed to be unfair by the people they affect. Create a story about a decision and the effect it is deemed to have by the decision maker and the people
  • Create a character who deplores something so much he or she is motivated to change it. Make us see why your character needs it to change.


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