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Things just never seem to go right for certain people. When it’s raining, they never have an umbrella. If they want a cup of coffee, they’re a dollar short. If they don’t know the answer in math class, they’re the ones that get called up to the board. Trouble and bad luck seem drawn to these hapless folks like a magnet. Let’s take a look at some words that describe the beaten-down, unkempt, unruly, unpredictable characters who seem to always draw the short straw.

Look at the eight 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, one minute or less, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of the word you’ve chosen. Are you up to the challenge?

The eight words you can choose from in this challenge are: dishevelled, erratic, stoop shouldered, gruff, sullen, unsavory, seedy, rumpled.

NOTE: In this contest we have a new category of Prizes called Word Winners. We'll be awarding a $200 prize to submissions that convey definitions exceptionally well. So choose your word carefully! Word Winners, like Grand Prize winners are chosen by our panel of judges.

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. Disheveled (adjective) - describes someone with an untidy or messy personal appearance

Thought starter: Do you know someone who is just a mess? Maybe their shirt is always untucked, hair is always messy, and their clothes never match? This person is clearly disheveled. Make a one minute video about someone whose appearance goes from disheveled to dashing.

Pro tip: Writers use the word dishevelled to describe someone who has generally messy and disorganized personal style. If you have two mismatching shoes, a shirt on inside-out, and haven’t combed your hair in days, you’ll appear dishevelled.

2. Erratic (adjective) - describes someone who is unpredictable and inconsistent

Thought starter: Almost everyone has been let down by a friend at some point. Perhaps they were supposed to meet you and never showed up. Maybe they’re very friendly, and then you suddenly don’t hear from them for days. This is an erratic individual, someone who you probably can’t count on to come through when the chips are down. Make a video about a character with very erratic behavior, and show how it affects their friendships.

Pro tip: Writers use the word erratic to describe someone who changes from one minute to the next. You never know what you’re going to get with an erratic person, one minute they’re happy, the next they’re sad.

3. Stoop shouldered (adjective) – slouchy, or bent forward at the head and shoulders

Thought starter: Our posture is really affected by our moods. Sometimes it’s loose and confident. If you’re having a hard day, it might be hunched, like the weight of the world is on your back. Someone who has slouchy, defeated posture could be described as stoop shouldered. Make a short video self-help coach who encourages people with stoop shoulders to stand upright and be proud.

4. Gruff (adjective) - describes someone who is no-nonsense, blunt, and maybe a little rude

Thought starter: Imagine a tough old sea captain. This gruff, crusty old fellow has seen everything, and doesn’t suffer fools lightly. He’ll tell you exactly what’s on his mind, and he doesn’t give a darn about hurting feelings. Make a one minute video about a gruff individual seems to have seen everything.

Pro tip: Writers use the word gruff to describe someone who is sometimes wise, but always very blunt, bordering on rude. A police captain might appear very gruff when addressing her officers.

5. Sullen (adjective) – describes someone who is gloomy, pouty, and angry

Thought starter: Everyone knows what a sore loser looks like. They might cross their arms, knit their brows, and quietly burn with a sense of being wronged. These sullen folks are no fun to be around, and can spoil an otherwise happy environment. Make a one minute video about a sore loser who demonstrates very sullen behavior.

Pro tip: Writers use the word sullen to describe someone who is sulky, and quietly upset. In other words, they’re acting like a baby.

6. Unsavory (adjective) - describes someone who is disagreeable, or has a bad reputation

Thought starter: If we’re to believe the movies, the wild west was full of unsavory characters. Saloons always seemed to be filled with tough hombres with a history bad behavior. Make a one minute video about a fictional unsavory character, and the problems she creates for those around her.

Pro tip: Writers use the word unsavory to describe someone who is bad tempered, and perhaps a little scary to be around. A notorious gangster is probably a very unsavory character.

7. Seedy (adjective) - describes someone who is sketchy, of questionable ethics

Thought starter: Imagine that you gave someone a ten dollar bill for a pack of gum, and they deliberately tried to cheat you by giving you incorrect change. This is the action of a seedy individual: someone who intentionally does immoral things, but not so immoral that they are breaking a major law or taboo. You have to keep your eye on a seedy individual. Make a one minute video about a seedy person who redeems themselves in the end.

Pro tip: Writers use the word seedy to describe someone who is a cheat, or otherwise morally impaired. Someone who is always sneakily looking for trouble might be described as a seedy customer.

8. Rumpled (adjective) - describes the style of someone who appears untidy and wrinkled

Thought starter: Do you throw your clothes on your bedroom floor? Imagine they’ve been there for weeks, and you put on the most wrinkled, untidy items. You would probably appear pretty rumpled in these crumpled up clothes. Make a one minute video about someone who starts the day looking great, but ends up looking pretty rumpled.

Pro tip: Writers use the word rumpled to describe someone who doesn’t care about their untidy appearance. Rumpled people wear wrinkled, sometimes stained clothing.

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:

  • March 3, 2014 – Contest opens
  • March 31, 2014 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • April 14, 2014 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • April 28, 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. All prizes with the exception of the 'Viewer's Choice' award are chose by a panel of judges. 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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