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Where are you? How are you situated? Are you surrounded by high walls? Way up in the air in a skyscraper? Or far below ground in a dungeon? It doesn’t where you find yourself, these words of motion and position will help capture your state of being!
Take a look at these 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 eight words: recoiling, descended, subsided, horizontally, circumscribing, absconded, preceding, encases.
Your GIF must:
Thought starter: Has something ever made you suddenly pull back out of fear, disgust or pain? You might find yourself recoiling in pain if you accidentally touch hot metal, or recoiling in horror if you see a ghost. Make a GIF that shows someone recoiling out of fright.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word recoiling when referring to a sudden physical movement away from a surprising sight or sensation. You might see someone who hears an uncomfortably loud sound recoiling from its source.
Thought starter: Have you ever walked down, or descended, a large flight of stairs? If so, you’d know that climbing up all of those stairs was much harder than having descended. Make a GIF about someone who descended from a great height.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word descended when talking about moving downwards from a higher elevation. The firemen descended the pole after hearing the alarm. The skier descended the mountain with great speed and skill.
Thought starter: Think about the end of a hot summer day. You probably noticed how the heat subsided, or decreased, after the sun set. The daylight also subsided as the sky grew dark. Make a GIF that shows how light subsided.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word subsided when talking about lessening in strength or intensity. The loud music subsided as the marching band moved further down the street. The heavy rain subsided as the clouds moved further south.
Thought starter: A tightrope walker often holds a pole horizontally for balance as they walk. A level table top rests horizontally above the ground.Make a GIF that features something positioned horizontally.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word horizontally to talk about something that is parallel in relation to the ground. The shelves are fastened to the wall horizontally so the books don’t slide off.
Thought starter: Everything inside of a room is surrounded by its circumscribing walls. If you draw a circle around an image, the circumscribing circle surrounds the image. Make a GIF featuring a circumscribing circle that surrounds something.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word circumscribing when describing something that surrounds something else. The circumscribing walls of the garden protected the plants from hungry animals.
Thought starter: Ever try to sneak out of a situation without getting caught? If you steal cookies from the kitchen only to eat them in your room, you’ve absconded with them! Make a GIF featuring someone who absconded with a stolen prize.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word absconded when talking about the action of quickly and secretly leaving a location. The burglar absconded with an expensive diamond, never to be caught.
Thought starter: Think about what you’ve already done today. These preceding actions came before the present moment. Waking up might be the preceding action to eating breakfast. Make a GIF that features the person preceding youin a line for the cafeteria, or any other long line.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word preceding when describing something that has come before. Barack Obama took office from the preceding president, George W. Bush.
Thought starter: Do have a protective case for your cellphone? Something that encases it and protects the device from getting scratched or dropped? Make a GIF that shows how something encases something else.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word encases when talking about something that fully encloses, or covers, something else. Chocolate is often encased in tinfoil and a wrapper.
In your GIF image that is less than 5 MB, you must:
Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:
GIFs are evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:
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.