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Do you know the difference between an Abstract and a Concrete noun? It can be a tricky subject!

We invited prolific musician Jonathan Mann from “Song a Day” to write a song about it. And now, we need you to create a music video for it!

Your video can be any style – animation, live-action, puppets, a mix of all three or something else entirely. All you need to do is follow his lyrics closely, visualize the story he’s telling and show us the difference between Abstract and Concrete nouns by building your video on top of his song.

Listen to the song and download the mp3 by clicking on the SoundCloud widget above.

We gave you the song, now you run with it!

Lyrics:

INTRO

You know what a noun is:

People places things and ideas

But nouns come in two different types

And I’ll demonstrate what each of them is like


VERSE 1

First you got concrete nouns

They’re physical, that’s the key

Concrete nouns are everywhere

You smell taste touch feel and see


VERSE 2

Abstract nouns are the opposite

You can’t see them but they’re all right there

Emotional ideas

And the feelings that you share


CHORUS

Concrete nouns are physical

While abstract nouns aren’t at all

See the candles, smell the cake

But what smell does excitement make?


Concrete nouns are physical

Abstract nouns aren’t at all

Touch the mirror you can clearly see

But what’s the taste of clarity?


BRIDGE

Calendar: that’s a concrete noun

Year: that’s an abstract noun

Clock: That’s a concrete noun

Time: That’s an abstract noun


Pillow: that’s a concrete noun

Dream: that’s an abstract noun

Bed: That’s a concrete noun

Sleep: That’s an abstract noun


CHORUS 2

Concrete nouns are physical

While abstract nouns aren’t at all

See the bird

Hear the tweet

But can you touch the fear in that worm he eats?


Concrete nouns are physical

While abstract nouns aren’t at all

You can touch the door

You can see the key

But what’s the sound of privacy


Concrete nouns are physical

While abstract nouns aren’t at all

You can see the monster

You can smell his feet

But what’s the smell of bravery?

Submission requirements:

  • To qualify, your video must include the complete “Abstract and Concrete Noun” song.
  • You must meet all official rules and requirements.

Key Dates:

  • June 10th, 2013 – Contest opens
  • July 15th 2013 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • August 14, 2013 – 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: How well did you visually present the definitions and examples described in the song and how much do viewers learn from your video?
  • Creativity and Engagement: Your video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Your video conveys its message in an artistic and innovative manner.
  • Quality of video production: Your video has high resolution and audio quality, and effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography.
  • 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 Student (18 and under) category and one in the Adult (over 18) category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. 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 subject to the applicable district and school policies. Teachers’ prizes 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 film clips, images, or locations you use.
  • 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 General Terms and Conditions.

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