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You can’t trust them, but they sure make things interesting! A clever trickster is at the heart of many great stories. Cheats, frauds, swindlers, con artists — we love to hate them. Even when they rip us off, scammers can still charm. Check out these words that describe people who are good at pulling the wool over our eyes.
Look at the eight words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition in the brief in order 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: guile, devilment, scoundrel, saucy, conceal, hoax, incognito, deceived.
Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your video:
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Sneaky + smart = can’t be trusted
Thought starter: Sometimes you need more than academic brainpower to get what you want out of a situation. The general saved his troops’ lives when he used guile to escape a bad situation. The street performer’s guile was so great we didn’t realize he’d ripped us off until it was too late. Make a short video about a character who uses guile to gain an advantage.
Pro tip: Writers use guile to describe what it takes to get results by trickery or cunning.
We’re up to no good.
Thought starter: Do you know someone who likes to play tricks and practical jokes? Devilment can be cruel and naughty, but there is often a prankish quality to this kind of bad behavior. Make a video about a fictional joker who creates devilment for the fun of it.
Pro tip: Writers use devilment to describe behavior that creates unnecessary confusion and difficulty. A person doing devilment often gets a good laugh from others’ misfortune.
A snake in the grass
Thought starter: A scoundrel will betray you every time! These good-for-nothings always break their promises. Do you know someone whom you can’t trust? Make a video about an instance where a scoundrel played you for a sucker.
Pro tip: Writers use scoundrel to describe shifty people who absolutely can’t be trusted.
Talk about attitude!
Thought starter: Does your mouth get you in trouble sometimes? Are you full of sassy, clever remarks? Some people love a saucy individual; others find them offensive. Make a video showing an exchange of saucy comments between two friends. How do you react to saucy, teasing wordplay?
Pro tip: Writers use the word saucy to describe people so bold and shameless their actions often seem impolite and disrespectful.
Now you see it, now you don’t.
Thought starter: You can hide an object; you can also conceal ideas. A bad guy (or gal) might conceal a weapon, or cover up her motivations. Have you ever had a reason to hide something? Make a video about a time you tried to conceal wrongdoing from a friend, and what happened when you were found out.
Pro tip: Conceal describes the act of hiding, or keeping a secret. Writers also use the word poetically — on a summer night, tall trees conceal a sliver of moon.
Don’t believe everything you hear.
Thought starter: Ever seen a news story that was later proven untrue? In the 1930s, a hoax radio broadcast caused some people to believe Earth was being invaded by aliens. A scientist might mastermind a hoax to show how easily others are fooled by false information. Research a famous hoax and make a video that tells us what happened.
Pro tip: Writers use hoax to describe a prank or fraud that is often public.
Nobody knows my name…
Thought starter: Spies and crooks have good reasons to go incognito. They could be in real trouble if their true identity is known. Have you ever had reason to go undercover as someone else? Make a video about the time you acted incognito. Were people fooled, or did they see right through you?
Pro tip: Writers use incognito is used by writers to describe a person acting under a false identity.
That lying liar!
Thought starter: No one likes being deceived. Has anyone ever lied to you, or have you ever told a less-than-truthful story? Did you tell yourself there were good reasons for betraying a trust? Make a video about a time a friend deceived you , or when you deceived someone in order to get something you wanted.
Pro tip: Writers use deceived when an individual is fooled or misled; it is also used to describe the action of being dishonest or betraying someone.
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. 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.