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You’re not going to believe this, but…

We’ve assembled some of the most surprising words imaginable! Have you ever had a draw-dropping, pulse-quickening, hair-raising, spine-tingling experience? Ever gotten unexpected good news that took your breath away? Have you ever been caught red-handed and lost your power of speech? Prepare to be thrown off-guard by these surprising words.

Look at the five words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition in the brief to craft a story that conveys the word’s definition. Then, make a video, of one minute or less in duration, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of the word you’ve chosen. Are you up to the challenge?

The five words you can choose from in this challenge are: flabbergasted, gaped, flustered, astonished, pandemonium.

Before you get started, here are the REQUIREMENTS for your video:

  • Your video must be no longer than 1 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.

Sneak Attack! Some Surprising Words!

1) Flabbergasted (adjective) — shocked

Oh. My. Gosh.

Flabbergasted is an adjective that means shocked. This word is pronounced FLAB-ber-gas-ted.

If something unexpected suddenly happened — like a helicopter landing on your front lawn — you might find yourself flabbergasted, or shocked. Someone might be flabbergasted if they suddenly saw a ghost. A pet owner would probably be flabbergasted if their cat did a perfect backflip. If the Statue of Liberty were to wink at a group of tourists, they would probably be flabbergasted.

2) Gape (verb) — stare with the mouth open

We’re totally speechless.

Gape is a verbthat means to stare with the mouth open.

Sometimes it’s possible to be so shocked that you literally lose the power of speech! If a horse walked up to you and said, “Hello, friend,” you might gape back at him, or stare with an open mouth. A game show contestant might gape after unexpectedly winning the grand prize. A hiker probably would gape if she looks down to find a snake in her path.

Pro Tip: Gape comes from the Latin word hiare, which means to yawn.

3) Flustered (adjective) — confused and nervous

Racing pulse? Check. Clammy hands? Check. Shallow breathing? Check.

Flustered is an adjectivethat means confused and nervous. This word is pronounced FLUS-terd.

If you unexpectedly have to give a speech to an audience of thousands, you might find yourself flustered, or confused and nervous. A politician who unexpectedly has to answer a reporter’s questions might appear flustered. Your little brother might be flustered if he is caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Your classmate might get flustered if she has to take a pop quiz on something she hasn’t studied.

Pro Tip: Flustered comes from the Icelandic word flaustra, which means hurry or bustle.

4) Astonished (adjective) — surprised

Wait a minute … WHAT?!

Astonished is an adjective that means surprised. This word is pronounced as-TAUN-ished.

You might be astonished, or surprised, to learn that you have won the lottery. A mouse would be astonished to unexpectedly find a cat staring at him. A farmer might be astonished to have a UFO land in his cornfield. Your parents could be astonished if you suddenly decided to clean your room.

Pro Tip: Astonished comes from the late Middle English word astone, which means stun or stupefy.

5) Pandemonium (noun) — noisy, confusing disorder

A total free-for-all!

Pandemonium is a nounthat means noisy, confusing disorder. This word is pronounced pan-de-MON-ee-um.

A huge group of panicked people might be described as pandemonium, or a noisy, confusing disorder. If a fire alarm suddenly went off in a crowded movie theater, the reaction of the crowd might be pandemonium. Pandemonium might break out if someone throws several hundred-dollar bills into the air in a crowded area. If a lion broke out of its cage at the zoo, it’s a good bet that pandemonium would occur.

Pro Tip: Pandemonium comes from the Greek word pandaimōn which means evil spirit.

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:

  • November 4, 2013 – Contest starts
  • December 2, 2013 – Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • December 16, 2013 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • December 30, 2013 – Winners announced on the Project ED website

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 are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.

Official Requirements:

  • The video’s creator must be at least 13 years old.
  • 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.

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