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What can we learn about people by the way they move? What do you tell people about yourself when you enter or exit a room? A single movement can express 1,000 words! Take a look at these active words to get a better idea of what we’re talking about. Pick one and create an original GIF image that illustrates the definition of the word. Check out our examples of definition GIFs here.
GIFs are short moving images that loop continuously, so think carefully about your visualization. Your GIF must present both the word and part of speech graphically on-screen, like this. Get creative with looping, time manipulation, stop-motion or any other interesting film device.
The eight words you can choose from are: disperse, strutted, elude, dawdled, bounding, flit, aimlessly, permeated.
Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your GIF:
Time to go!
Thought starter: Be a newscaster! Groups of people often must disperse, and the reasons for this are frequently newsworthy. Pick a current event (or two, or three) that involves people dispersing, and give us a short news report to show us the meaning of the word disperse.
Pro-tip: Writers use disperse to indicate people or things leaving in a scattered manner.
Everything’s going my way.
Thought starter: Which members of the animal kingdom strut? Peacocks and lions are two examples. Make a short video showing confident animals in action to demonstrate your understanding of the word strutted.
Pro-tip: Writers strutted to describe a self-assured stride.
Whew! That was a close one…
Thought starter: Some of the most nail-biting moments in action movies and mysteries are when the hero must elude capture. Make a short script video about a character that successfully eludes being caught. Show us this great escape in one minute or less.
Pro-tip: Writers use elude when they want to describe an escape from something, often in a clever or secretive manner.
Going…going…wait, still here.
Thought starter: Sometimes we dawdle because we’re having fun, and sometimes people just don’t realize it’s time to leave. Film a short comedy sketch about a character who dawdled at a friend’s house. What does the friend do when this character doesn’t get the hint about leaving?
Pro-tip: Writers use dawdle to describe people, or things, that take their time.
Able to leap tall buildings…
Thought starter: Create an animated super-hero whose special power is bounding to amazing heights. Show us how this hero uses his or her bounding power for the forces of good in an animated short.
Pro-tip: Writers often use bounding to describe happy, unrestrained movements.
Can’t sit still!
Thought starter: Are you the type of person who’s always doing a million and one things? Make a short documentary style video of your day. Show how you flit from one activity or interest to the next to demonstrate your understanding of the word.
Pro-tip: Writers use flit to describe people or things moving quickly between points of focus.
What are we doing here?
Thought starter: Do you enjoy doing with no particular goal in mind? Perhaps you love to walk aimlessly through the woods? Or take long, aimless bike rides? Make a short film of you and your friends having fun aimlessly over the weekend.
Pro-tip: Writers often use aimlessly to describe someone or something that acts with little focus or purpose.
Thought starter: Even though we can’t see them, smells can create quite a stir. Make a film about a scent (good or bad) that has permeated a kitchen, classroom, or park. How do people’s reactions show how this smell has permeated the air?
Pro-tip: Writers often use permeated to describe a smell or feeling that has spread throughout a room.
In your GIF image that is less than 2 MB, you must:
Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:
GIFs are evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:
Prizes per contest vary. 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.