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It takes all different kinds of people to make up a neighborhood — whether that’s a nation, a city, or society. Not every community has every kind of person in it … but if you look carefully, you might find that people are more varied than you think!
Look at the eight words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition in the brief and craft a story that conveys it. Then, make a video, one minute or less, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of the word you choose. Are you up to the challenge?
In this challenge, choose one of these eight words: eccentric, martyr, paupers, contemporaries, adherent, pariah, philosopher, vagabonds.
Your video must:
Thought starter: Where’s the fun when everyone acts the same? Eccentric people can’t or won’t conform, even if their difference causes problems. Someone who always uses an umbrella indoors is eccentric, and so is someone who always asks awkward questions. Make a short video about someone who combines oddness and bravery.
Pro tip: Writers use the word eccentric to indicate someone’s differences of habit or mind-set or lifestyle. The eccentric owner of the thrift store, with his old silk scarves and bright plastic shoes, really taught me how to dress.
Thought starter: Maybe you’ve heard stories of religious or political heroes who “died for the cause.” But calling someone a martyr doesn’t always imply a bloody end! More likely, it means that someone devotes great energy to a project and suffers for it, but lives. Make a short video about an extreme sacrifice for an unlikely cause.
Pro tip: Writers sometimes use the word martyr in a slightly humorous way, about people who treat their struggles dramatically. Mrs. Vora, a martyr for the cause of animal control, was proud to displayher newest scratches from the stray cats she trapped in her backyard.
Thought starter: Who are the most unprotected people you can think of? Many of today’s prisoners, refugees, homeless, and migrant workers would have been called paupers a century or two ago. Make a short video about someone who has no riches, property, or power to soften the hard blows of life.
Pro tip: Writers use the word paupers when they are talking about poor people in past eras, or when they want a sarcastic or ironic tone. We felt like modern-day paupers at a poorhouse when our school didn’t have enough textbooks or pencils for all the children.
Thought starter: Do you see people of the same age hanging out together in your neighborhood? Elders might chat with their contemporaries on park benches, or teenagers might gather on a stoop or a street corner. Make a short video that shows a group of contemporaries spending time with each other.
Pro tip: Writers often use the word contemporaries to describe an age-group or a generation; this bond is looser than family or friendship, but still important to how people think of themselves. While most of my contemporaries rough-housed on the playground, I sat under my favorite tree and read a book.
Thought starter: Do you know someone who tries hard to obey a special set of rules, or who follows a leader with a strong personality? An adherent like this often finds a sense of safety or rightness by following. Make a short video about a follower tempted to stop following.
Pro tip: Writers mostly use the word adherent to describe a very devoted or determined follower. Anisa became a strict adherent to vegetarianism, despite working in her family’s butcher shop.
Thought starter: Just as popular people are included and welcomed by their peers, unpopular people are ignored or even rejected. The most unpopular person of all might be called a pariah. This word was originally used to describe a group of people in South India who were forced to do filthy jobs, and then despised as a result. Others use the word to describe social outcasts in general. Make a short video about the sadness that comes when people choose to create outcasts.
Pro tip: Writers who use the word pariah want to show how a person is the “lowest of the low,” someone that “respectable” people don’t even want to touch. Because she took care of homeless people dying from AIDS, the doctor became as much of a pariah in our small town as her patients were; soon she had to move away. An unpopular kid at school may melodramatically describe herself as a social pariah.
Thought starter: Colleges and monasteries are full of people who want to get away from the world and think. But other philosophers keep living regular lives. Cab drivers, hair stylists, and janitors are often depicted as philosophers. Make a short video about a thinker dealing with everyday life.
Pro tip: Writers use the word philosopher to describe someone who likes to explore a thought from all angles, just for the pleasure of it. My uncle was a street-corner philosopher, always playing chess in the park and arguing about the meaning of life with strangers.
Thought starter: Did you ever notice hitch hikers on the side of the road, with everything they owned in big backpacks? Vagabonds might wander in search of work, or for adventure, or to learn about the world. Some vagabonds travel with circuses or music shows. Make a short video about vagabonds passing through a town.
Pro tip: Writers use the word vagabonds to describe people on the move, with few possessions, and no fixed destination. The teenage vagabonds sprawl on the sidewalk with their dogs, guitars, and backpacks.
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, six finalist prizes, two honorable mention prizes, and one viewers choice prizes. All prizes amounts are in USD where applicable.