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Who do you call when you want the last word on a subject? You can learn a lot from asking a brain surgeon about brain surgery, a marine biologist about whales, or taking piano lessons from a master pianist. Of course, sometimes people who claim to be experts are really just fakers. Take a look at these words and see if you can tell the difference between the pros and the poseurs.
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’ve chosen. Are you up to the challenge?
In this challenge, choose one of these nine words or phrases: connoisseurship, induced, virtuoso, to practice imposture, quack, divining, prodigy, strategist, and scholar.
Your video must:
Thought starter: Do you know everything there is to know about a certain subject, like French food or the batting averages of baseball players? If so, you have connoisseurship in this area. Create a one-minute video showing your connoisseurship about topic you are passionate about.
Pro-tip: Writers use connoisseurship to describe having in-depth expertise about a specialized topic. Stamp collectors are known for their connoisseurship of postage stamps.
Thought starter: Are people powerless to resist your influence? Have you ever convinced a friend to try something new? If so, you induced them to take a chance. Make a short video about the time you induced a friend to go on an adventure.
Pro-tip: Writers use induced to describe the action of talking someone into doing something, especially when they would not have otherwise done it. The physicist induced other scientists to take her theory seriously by presenting her research.
Thought starter: Does painting, playing an instrument, or drawing come naturally to you? If you have always been very good at something, you are a virtuoso. Make a one-minute video about a young virtuoso wowing an audience with their enormous talent.
Pro-tip: Writers use virtuoso to describe someone who is incredibly gifted, particularly in the arts. A virtuoso violinist might have begun playing when he was as young as four years old.
Thought starter: Hollywood films are filled with bad guys who act like they are someone else. These sneaky characters practice imposture in order to fool people and get what they want. Make a short video about how your favorite fictional trickster practices imposture.
Pro-tip: Writers use the phrase to practice imposture to describe people who claim to be someone they’re not. The fugitive was forced to practice imposture while on the run from the cops.
Thought starter: Have you ever been taken in by someone claiming to be an authority on a subject, only to find they had no idea what they were talking about? Were you angry when you found out this person was a fraud, or quack? Make a short video about the time you were fooled by a quack.
Pro-tip: Writers use quack to describe people who pretend to be experts, but actually have little or no knowledge about a subject. A doctor who is a quack might take your money, but his medicines won’t help you get well.
Thought starter: Do you have great intuition? Do your predictions often come true? If so, you have a gift for divining. Make a video about a magician divining her audience’s thoughts.
Pro-tip: Writers use divining to describe the act of guessing, often with the suggestion of the supernatural. A psychic might use his powers of divining to locate a missing person.
Thought starter: Have you ever met someone who is especially gifted? Someone who has talent and skills well beyond their years? If so, that person is called a prodigy. Make a one-minute video about a child prodigy with an unusual and unexpected talent.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word prodigy to describe someone who is especially skilled or brilliant. They often use this word to describe a child or young person with enormous talent and ability. Mozart was a famous child prodigy, mastering musical composition at a very young age.
Thought starter: Do you carefully consider all the options before deciding on a course of action? Do you come up with a plan of attack before you begin a task? If so, you are a strategist. Make a one-minute video about the process of a strategist preparing to take an important action.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word strategist to describe a person who is especially good at planning and strategy. The mayor is an expert strategist and often carefully plans her next move before she acts.
Thought starter: Do you know a lot about history, music, or literature? Have you spent time researching, reading, and learning about a certain subject? If so, you are a scholar. Make a one-minute video about your quest to become a scholar of a certain subject.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word scholar to describe a person who has learned a lot about a particular subject. The professor is a well-known scholar of the history of Mexico.
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.