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I Am a Xenophile
Do you want to travel to places you’ve never been? Do other countries and ways of living fascinate you? There’s a big, wide world out there, just waiting to be discovered! Think about what it takes to be a global traveler while you consider these worldly words.
Look at the nine 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?
In this challenge, choose one of these nine words: loftily, cultured, xenophile, sophisticate, titan, nobility, primly, gallant, aristocratic.
Your video must:
Thought starter: Have you ever had a teacher who seems to know everything about art, music, history, and philosophy? What did you learn from this cultured person? Make a short video about a cultured individual who sparked your interest in new topics.
Pro-tip: Writers use cultured to describe people with knowledge about a wide variety of things. A cultured individual might hold several degrees, or be self-taught about many different subjects.
Thought starter: Are you fascinated by places other than where you were born? Do you love to learn new languages? Have you traveled in many different countries? If so, you are a xenophile. Make a video about a xenophile who travels the world, and why she loves it.
Pro-tip: Writers use xenophile to describe people who are interested in the ways people live in other nations. A person might become a foreign diplomat because he is a xenophile at heart.
Thought starter: Do you know someone who knows a lot about the world and culture? They’re comfortable at a fancy dinner party, the opera, or a fashion show. Make a short video about theworldly adventures of a sophisticate.
Pro-tip: Writes use sophisticate to describe people with deep knowledge of culture. The sophisticate impressed everyone at the party with her elegance and education.
Thought starter: Has anyone ever accused you of being a snob? Do you sometimes loftily correct other people’s grammar? Create a video about a character that loftily claims to be an authority on a subject, even though they are not.
Pro-tip: Writers use loftily to describe people who act in a self-important or conceited way. The actor loftily delivered his thank-you speech at the awards ceremony, irritating his audience.
Thought starter: What historical or contemporary figures do you look up to? Is there a titan of music, dance, politics, or sports that you admire? Make a short video about what makes this person a titan in her chosen field.
Pro-tip: The word “titan” comes from Greek mythology, and was used as another name for a god. Writers often use titan to describe people who are larger than life, or who command respect in their given field. Kobe Bryant, Madonna, and JFK are all titans of American culture.
Thought starter: Is there a person you respect because of her great integrity? Why do honesty, goodness, and nobility impress you? Make a video about a person whose nobility inspires others.
Pro-tip: Writers use nobility when talking about a strong moral code, or set of ethics. Nobility is also used to describe members of royal families, such as kings, queens, lords, and princesses.
Thought starter: Do you always mind your manners? Do you sit at the table with your back straight and ask to be excused before you leave? If so, you act very primly. Make a short video about someone who insists on behaving primly at an informal picnic.
Pro-tip: Writers use primly to describe the action of following the rules of manners and etiquette to the greatest degree. It is difficult to eat primly with one’s fingers.
Thought starter: Who do you think is courageous and fearless? How does this gallant person behave? Make a video about an especially gallant person who inspires others with her nerve, daring, and thoughtfulness.
Pro-tip: Writers use gallant to describe people who are elegant in their courageousness. Knights in fairy tales are often described as gallant.
Thought starter: Do you know everything about a certain type of food? Do you want to share your opinions with others? Then you might be called a connoisseur. Make a video in which a connoisseur demonstrates special knowledge about her favorite subject.
Pro-tip: Writers use connoisseur to describe people who are experts of taste and refinement. Someone who loves ballet and studies its history may be called a ballet connoisseur.
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.
In this contest we will be offering one adult grand prize, one youth grand prize, seven finalist prizes, two honorable mention prizes, and one viewers choice prizes. All prizes amounts are in USD where applicable.