Keen on Klingon
"The Tale of Two"
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Keen on the Snow
How to Woo
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Star Crossed Lovers
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On February 14th, we celebrate love. Is there someone special in your thoughts this year? How will you express your feelings? Take inspiration from these special Valentine’s Day words!
Choose one of the eight words or phrases 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 or phrases you can choose from are: paramour, amorous, devoted, keen on, woo, effusive, desirous, star-crossed lovers.
Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your video:
You must display the word, part of speech, definition, and an example sentence on the screen at appropriate points during your video.
My main squeeze.
Paramour is a noun that means lover. A soldier at war writes letters to his distant paramour at home. After years of solitude, a lonely widow finally finds the courage to go in search of a new paramour. This word is also used to describe a secret love: The king’s paramour doesn’t understand why the queen refuses to invite her to dinner.
Thought Starter: Everyone loves a love story! Romeo and Juliet and Wuthering Heights are two classic examples. Choose one of your favorite romances, or write a script of your own. Tell us the story in one minute or less to demonstrate the meaning of paramour.
Pro-tip: Paramour comes from the Old French par amour, which means by love. In Middle English it was written as one word and treated as a noun. Originally, the word was used as an additional name for Jesus Christ or the Virgin Mary. Later, in the mid 14th century, paramour came to mean sweetheart.
I really like you.
Amorous is an adjective that means romantic. Writers use it to describe intense feelings of love and fondness in a romantic relationship. Because of his amorous feelings for Rachel, Jason spent his entire paycheck on dinner, flowers, and chocolates. Amorous can also be used poetically. The moonlight on the still lake was an unbelievably amorous setting for a camping trip.
Thought Starter: Have you ever felt amorous towards someone? What are some of the things you’ve done to impress this person? Perhaps you wrote a song, recited poetry, or learned how to cook a fancy meal to express your feelings. Make a short video illustrating how you channeled your amorous feelings into a display of love.
Pro-tip: Amorous comes from the Late Latin word amorosus, which in turn comes from the Latin word amor, meaning to love.
She always has my back.
Devoted is an adjective that means loyal. Do your friends stick by you no matter how hard things get? If so, you are very lucky to have such devoted friends. You might have a very devoted pet, who went in search of something dear you’d lost, and brought it back to you. Or a devoted teacher who made a big difference in your life because he helped you fill out your college applications.
Thought Starter: Have you ever depended on the help of devoted loved ones to weather a difficult problem or circumstance? Make a one-minute film that shows how a devoted friend or family member helped you solve a problem.
Pro-tip: Devoted comes from the Latin prefix de- which means formally and the word vovere which means to vow.
I absolutely love it!
If there’s something you love to spend your time doing, then you’re keenon it. Keen on is a phrase that means interested in, or in love with. David is keen on playing the guitar and practices every chance he gets. This phrase is also used to describe feelings for a person: Marsha is so keen on Billy that she writes his name over and over again in her notebook.
Thought Starter: What excites and interests you? Make a short film about one of your favorite activities and show us why you’re so keen on it. Or, tell us about your favorite sports team, band, or person who is close to you. We want to know what you’re keen on!
Pro-tip:Keen comes from the Old English word cene which means bold, clever. It became a popular word of approval in teenagers’ slang in the 19th century.
Wanna hang out?
Woo is a verb that means to try to gain the love of someone. In fairy tales, the handsome knight often tries to woo the fair maiden of the kingdom. Jason felt foolish when he realized he was trying to woo someone who was in love with someone else. The serious girl would not let herself be wooed by the class clown.
Thought Starters: Television and movies are filled with stories of love and courtship. Some are funny, some romantic, and some just don’t work out. Invent a character and make a short video of three possible outcomes of his/her attempts to woo a potential loved one.
Pro-tip: Woo comes from the Old English word wogian, related to the word woh, which means inclined (as with affection).
I’m so excited!
The word effusive is used to describe positive feelings expressed in a very unrestrained manner. It is an adjective that means gushing with feeling. Did you absolutely love the movie you saw last weekend and want to see it again and again? Chances are you were effusive when you told your friends they have to get tickets immediately. If you are so excited about someone new that you can’t stop yourself from talking about him/her all the time, then you are being effusive.
Thought starter: Have you ever had an effusive response to a film or piece of music? Make a video showing someone being enthusiastic about something they enjoy to demonstrate the meaning of effusive.
Pro-tip:Effusive comes from the Latin word effundere, which means pour forth, and the suffix -ivus, which means tending to.
Desirous is an adjective that means longing. Have you ever looked forward to something so much that you felt like you couldn’t wait for it to happen? If so, you’ve felt desirous. Writers usually use this word to describe intense longing. Perhaps you’re desirous for the weekend because you’re going to the beach. Or maybe you’ve made a new friend you really like, and are especially desirous to spend more time with them.
Thought Starter: What does longing look like to you? Have you ever longed for, or felt desirous of, something you absolutely couldn’t have? Maybe you fell in love with a new car, or an expensive drum set, or decided you simply had to take a trip to Italy. Make a video showing how you dealt with, or gave into, your desirous feelings.
Pro-tip: Desirous comes from the Old French word desireus, which is based on the Latin word desiderare, meaning to desire.
Oh, cruel fate!
Sometimes things just don’t work out. The phrase star-crossed lovers is used to describe two people who can’t help but fall in love, but are bound to the tragedy destiny has in store for them. Romeo and Juliet are the most famous pair of star-crossed lovers—they felt true love for each other, but belonged to rival families that would not allow them to be together.
Thought Starter: Myth and literature is filled with stories of doomed lovers. In one minute or less, tell us the story of a great love that exists despite the odds against it. What can we learn from your tale of star-crossed lovers?
Pro-tip: The phrase star-crossed lovers comes from the belief that the position of the stars rule over people’s fates. It was first coined by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.
In a video, no longer than 1 minute, you must:
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 ‘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.