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Where do you come from? It’s not as easy a question to answer as it may seem. Sure, you know where in the world you were born and raised, but think beyond your lifetime. What country are your ancestors from? What habits and beliefs did they bring with them? How many of these made their way down the family line over generations to influence your life? Think about this while you look at these words that speak to our backgrounds and beginnings.

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 chose. Are you up to the challenge?

The eight words you can choose from in this challenge are: origin, custom, foundation, delicacy, hereditary, metropolis, provinces, ancestral.

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. Origin (noun) – the heritage, ancestry of an individual

Thought starter: How much do you know about your family history? Did your distant relatives cross an ocean to get here? If so, what was their country of origin? Make a short video that documents the geographic origin of your family.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word origin when referring to a person’s familial and geographic background. You might now live in the United States, but you can trace the origin of your family line back Africa, Asia, or Europe.

2. Custom (noun) – a habit or practice common to a particular place or group of people

Thought starter: In much of Asia, it is a custom to eat with chopsticks instead of silverware. The custom in Italy is to greet each other by saying, “Ciao!” Make a short video about a visitor from imaginary foreign land, and give her an unusual custom she introduces to the rest of the world.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word custom when referring to a tradition or way of doing something that is specific to a certain region or people. In France, it is a custom to greet people by kissing them on both cheeks.

3. Foundation (noun) – the core ethical belief system on which someone bases their actions

Thought starter: What are some of your core beliefs? Do you give to charity? Perhaps you were taught to study hard and do your homework. These beliefs provide the foundation on which you will hopefully build a fulfilling life. Make a one-minute video that shows the importance of a strong foundation in achieving one’s goals.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word foundation when they refer to the core beliefs of a society or community. The foundation of the United States is based on “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

4. Delicacy (noun) – a highly desirable and exotic food item

Thought starter: Is something you like to eat fancy and hard to come by? Believe it or not, frogs’ legs and snails, or escargot, are considered a delicacy in the finest French restaurants. Make a one-minute video about a visitor who shares a strange delicacy from his or her country. At first you might be taken aback, but you might try it and love it.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word delicacy when referring to foods that are sought after but not widely available. In Russia, the finest caviar is considered a delicacy, and it can cost thousands of dollars!

5. Hereditary (adjective) – describes genes or characteristics passed down from parents or relatives

Thought starter: The specific physical traits that make you unique are hereditary. They were passed down from your family line. Make a one-minute video that documents your specific hereditary traits, and what region of the world they might come from.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word hereditary when describing the specific traits passed down a family line. Brown eyes and olive-colored skin might be the hereditary traits of your family.

6. Metropolis (noun) – a large, important city

Thought starter: Ever hear about the story of the city mouse and the country mouse? The city mouse lives in a busy metropolis, with huge buildings, bright lights, and traffic. Make a one-minute video that shows how a mouse from the country might react to life in a busy metropolis.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word metropolis when referring to an impressive city. The sprawling and widely populated city of New York is major metropolis.

7. Provinces (noun) – territorial units within a country or state

Thought starter: Much like states in the U.S., Canada is broken up into several provinces. These are large geographic regions with their own governing bodies, even though they are part of the larger country. Make a one-minute documentary that describes the different provinces of Canada.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word provinces when referring to the many separate regions that make up a country or state. The country of Canada is divided into many different provinces, or territories.

8. Ancestral (adjective) – describes something related to, or inherited from an ancestor

Thought starter: Has your family lived in one area for generations? If so, you could consider this area your family’s ancestral home. Have you ever inherited something that was passed down the family line? That object can be described as an ancestral belonging. Make a one-minute video about discovering an ancient, ancestral belonging that a distant relative passed down to you.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word ancestral when describing something that was passed down from, or shared by, a family line. The plains of Wyoming have long been the ancestral home of several Native American tribes.

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 17, 2014 – Contest opens
  • April 14, 2014 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • April 28, 2014 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • May 12, 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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