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Lurid- By Van Jakes

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Blotched By: Sky...


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The Blotched Cow

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Little Teapot

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Blanched

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FLORID

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Ink Spillage

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Lurid - Put the J...

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BLANCHED

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Blanched

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lurid

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Bulky!!

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Knock-Me-Down Lurid

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Florid Charlie Brown

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Blotched

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Lurid By: Alex Fo...

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Florid

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Florid By: Alex F...

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Lurid

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Livid

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Stout

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Bulky

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gif on my level

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Blotched

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Blanched

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Lurid - WAY TOO B...

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Lurid

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Florid Change

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Different is nice

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Livid Boxer

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The Blanched Redhead

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Pacman oh no

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Eep! A Ghost!

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Lurid: Unpleasant...

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BULKY

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livid

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Florid by Jonatho...

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Blotched Lava Lamp.

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I Just Saw a Ghost

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ball drop

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Stout

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Bulky

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Sout (adj.)

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Bulky

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Blinding Sun

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OMG Punched.

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Appearances Matte...

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Definition: Bulky

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Timmy's Struggle

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I Just Saw a Ghost

“Never judge a book by its cover” is good advice, but appearances make a pretty big impression. Looks may only be skin deep, but they often provide our first window into who, or what, we might be dealing with. We all know there’s usually more than meets the eye, but let’s be shallow and take a look these words that describe appearance.

Take a look at these vivid 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.

In this challenge, choose one of these seven words: livid, florid, stout, lurid, bulky, blanched, blotched.

Your GIF must:

  • Define only one word, using the definitions provided
  • Display the word, part of speech, and definition
  • Use original content instead of images or clips from third parties

Image credit: jeremkin/iStockphoto

1. Livid (adjective) – dark, bluish gray in color

Careful, I bruise easily

Thought starter: Ever seen a black eye? The dark, bluish color of bruised skin can be described as livid. Make a GIF featuring someone with a livid bruise.

Pro-tip: Writers sometimes use the word livid to describe a particularly noticeable bruise. Someone who fell on their arm might have a livid mark to show for it.

2. Florid (adjective) – a red or flushed appearance

I blush easily, too

Thought starter: Do you know someone who blushes at the drop of a hat? When they blush, their skin becomes florid. Make a GIF that features someone with a florid face.

Pro-tip: Writers often use the word florid to describe a person with a rosy, sweaty face. If someone has just come inside from walking outside in the cold, their cheeks might appear florid.

3. Stout (adjective) - short and round

I’m a little teapot

Thought starter: Something that is almost as tall as it is wide can be described as stout. Make a GIF that highlights a stout object.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word stout to describe someone who is short, wide, and strong. Many fantasy novels feature an elf, hobbit, or troll who could be called stout.

4. Lurid (adjective) - unpleasantly bright

Need. Sunglasses.

Thought starter: Do you know anyone who loves to dress in overly bright, or lurid, colors? This person might match neon green pants with a fluorescent orange jacket. Make a GIF featuring someone who wears lurid colors.

Pro-tip: Writers often uses lurid to describe overly bright colors, or a story with shocking details. A garish yellow car could be called lurid. Vivid details about a violent crime could be described as lurid as well.

5. Bulky (adjective) – large and difficult to carry

Large and in charge

Thought starter: Have you ever packed too much for a trip? If so, your bag was probably bulky and hard to carry. Bulky objects often take up too much room, and are a pain to move around. Make a GIF about someone who has to shift a bulky object.

Pro-tip: Writers use the word bulky to describe something that is unwieldy. Experienced hikers often carry bulky backpacks when they hit the trail.

6. Blanched (verb) - turned white

You look like you’ve seen a ghost

Thought starter: Ever had all the blood drain from your face? Maybe you were scared or suddenly very sick. If you suddenly turn white, you’ve blanched. Perhaps you’d better sit down. Make a GIF featuring someone who blanched because they’re frightened.

Pro-tip: Writers often use the word blanched when talking about the action of suddenly turning pale out of fear. A criminal might have blanched when he realized he was caught.

7. Blotched (adjective) – spotted with irregular marks

I think my pen leaked

Thought starter: Have you ever seen a cow covered with large, uneven spots? This animal can be described as blotched with spots. Some of us are blotched with freckles. Make a GIF that shows something blotched with irregular spots.

Pro-tip: Writers often use the word blotched to describe something that is stained or marred. An old white handkerchief might be blotched with dark stains.

Submission requirements:

In your GIF image that is less than 5 MB, you must:

  • Choose one word from the list provided.
  • Show the word, part of speech, and definition graphically on screen throughout the GIF.
  • Clearly demonstrate the meaning of the word.
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.

Key Dates:

  • April 21, 2014 - Contest opens
  • May 19, 2014 - Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • June 16, 2014 - Winners announced on the Project ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

GIFs are evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: Your submission achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and Engagement: Your submission presents educational content in an artistic and innovative way.
  • Appropriate content: Your submission 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 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 image’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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