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Take charge and make a change!

Each January, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an inspiring leader and champion for social justice. His legacy inspires all of us to stand up for our beliefs, help those in need, and attempt to change the world for the better. This is a fantastic time to draw inspiration from these great words of leadership!

Choose one of the eight words below. 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 for the challenge.

The eight words you can choose from are: undaunted, revelation, audacity, rousing, courageously, endeavor, decisive, and reflectively.


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

  • Your video must be no longer than one minute.
  • You can 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. Undaunted (adjective) - not discouraged

Neither rain, nor sleet nor snow...

Undaunted is an adjective that means not discouraged by difficulty or danger; unafraid. The word is usually used to describe a person unaffected by something challenging or difficult. Firefighters charge into burning buildings, undaunted by the flames around them! The astronaut, undaunted by the challenges of space travel, will go full-speed ahead on her mission! The high diver stands at the edge of the diving board and, undaunted by the height, jumps into the waters far below her.

Thought starter: Many folktales and fairy tales are about heroes who are undaunted by the challenges before them—be they evil witches, fire-breathing dragons, or big bad wolves. Choose a character from a folktale or fairy tale and make a short film about the challenges he or she might face in the real world.

Pro-tip: Undaunted is derived from the prefix un- which means not and the Old French word danter which means to tame.

2. Revelation (noun)- revealed information

Eureka!

Have you ever had a moment when the solution to a difficult problem suddenly becomes crystal clear? Then congratulations, you've experienced a revelation! Revelation is a noun that means revealed information. A revelation occurs when something difficult or unclear suddenly, and sometimes surprisingly, becomes understood. It’s like a light bulb suddenly turning on in your head!

Thought starter: Do you remember the story of Sir Isaac Newton and the apple? A falling apple was a revelation to Sir Issac Newton and led to his revolutionary theories on gravity. Think about other great scientific discoveries over the centuries. Choose one and make a short film about that moment of revelation.

Pro-tip: Revelation comes from the Latin word reveatio, which in turn comes from the Latin word revelo from which we also get the word reveal.

3. Audacity (noun) - daring

Rebel, Rebel.

Audacity is a noun that means daring, willingness to take bold risks. The word usually describes brave and risky behavior that goes against the norm. Audacity is speaking out for what you believe in, even when others think you are wrong. It takes audacity to protest against an unjust government. Try a new project when others have told you that it might fail is an act of audacity!

Thought Starter: Throughout history, brave people have acted with audacity for the greater good. Some of those who challenged injustice include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, Rosa Parks, Thomas Jefferson, and the Dalai Lama. Make a 1-minute film about a character who has the audacity to speak up against something he or she thinks is wrong.

Pro Tip: Audacity comes from the Latin word audacitas, which in turn comes from the Latin word audeo which means to dare.

4. Ally (noun) - supporter

I’ve got your back.

Ally is a noun that means supporter. If someone is your ally, it means that they will work with you and support you in the things that you do. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. found allies in many different political, social, and religious groups as he worked towards racial equality in the South. If you are trying to convince your dad to extend your curfew, your older brother might be a helpful ally in arguing your case. If a country goes to war, it may rely on another country as an ally to assist and support its war effort.

Thought Starter: Think of a time when you needed a key supporter to help you argue your case. How did you find this ally? Did you have to convince them to join your cause or did they leap to your side unexpectedly? Make a one minute video about this successful team effort.

Pro-tip: Ally comes from the Anglo-Norman and Middle French terms alyé and alié. It originally meant relative or supporter. It also meant kinsman or kinswoman.

5. Courageously (adverb) - heroically

Be not afraid!

Courageously is an adverb that means heroically. The word describes acts or deeds that are seen as especially brave. A person who stands up to a bully three times his size is acting courageously. Early explorers courageously set sail to parts unknown in the hopes of discovering new lands. A person who stands up for what is right in the face of overwhelming opposition and danger is acting courageously.

Thought Starter: Make a list of all the frightening or unpleasant things that can be found in your neighborhood. Make a short film that shows someone courageously confronting these obstacles.

Pro-tip: Courageously comes from the Old French word corajus, which in turn comes from the Latin word cor meaning heart.

6. Endeavor (verb) - try

I'll do my best!

Endeavor is a verb that means try. Often times, endeavor is used along with another verb to describe how seriously a person takes what they're going to do. For example, if you tell your parents that you will endeavor to finish your homework before dinner, you're explaining that you're going to try your hardest to get it done.

Thought Starter: What is your biggest, most fantastical dream? Becoming a movie star? Getting elected president? Visiting Mars? In a short 1-minute video, tell the story of a person who endeavors to achieve an improbable dream.

Pro-tip: Endeavor comes from the Old French word in dever, which means in duty.

7. Decisive (adjective) - determined

And that's final!

Decisive is an adjective that means determined. A decisive diner has no doubt whatsoever about what she wants! She makes decisions quickly and effectively. Decisive can also mean producing a definitive result, like a decisive coin flip determining which football teams gets the ball first. However, in your video, we’d like you to portray decisive as an adjective describing a person.

Thought Starter: It definitely helps to be decisive at the grocery store. Make a 1-minute short video about a person who has to be decisive while shopping in order to have time to prepare an important dinner for a friend.

Pro-Tip: Decisive comes from the Latin word decisivus which means deciding.

8. Reflectively (adverb) - thoughtfully

Hmm. I wonder...

I wonder if birds are the fish of the sky? Or if dogs know how to count? Or if cats are ever allergic to other cats?

If you've ever find yourself lost in these kinds of thoughts, congratulations! You're behaving reflectively! Reflectively is an adverb that means thoughtfully. This word usually is used to show when a person is deep in thought. A philosopher, for example, may sit under a tree and reflectively consider the mysteries of the universe. A math student may open her notebook and reflectively look over her notes for the day.

Thought Starter: Has anyone ever told you to think before you speak? Imagine a situation where someone acted reflectively to every question they were asked! How might they respond to simple questions? What kinds of things might this person say? Make a 1-minute short video about a person who responds reflectively to everything other people say.

Pro-tip: Reflectively comes from the Latin word reflectere which means to bend back.

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:

  • January 17, 2014 – Contest opens
  • February 18, 2014 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • March 4, 2014 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • March 18, 2014 – 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. Does your video convey 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 ‘Youth’ category and one in the ‘Adult’ category. All entries are categorized by age of the submitter. Submitters under the age of 18 are placed into the ‘Youth’ category and submitters 18 years or older are placed in the ‘Adult’ category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. In the case of winners under the age of 18, prizes will be awarded to a legal parent or guardian. 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 13 or over.
  • Entrants who are minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source film clips, images, or locations you use. To verify winning entries, participants will be asked to submit proof of proper clearances.
  • 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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