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The Great Pretenders Vocabulary Video Contest on Project Ed

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Why pretend to be something you’re not? Some people do it for fun; others do it for more devious reasons. Have you ever taken on another identity, or acted out a different part of your personality? Check out these words that describe fakes and pretenders to see how this is done.

Look at the eight 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 eight words: hoaxes, assumed, alter-ego, devised, deprecating, feigned, confabulating, and conceal.

Your video must:

  • Last no longer than one minute
  • Define only one word or phrase, using the definitions provided
  • Display, at appropriate points, the word or phrase, its part of speech and definition, and an example sentence

1. Hoaxes (noun) – practical jokes

Thought starter: Do you have any friends who consider themselves comedians? Perhaps they think it’s hilarious to play pranks on other people. Sometimes these hoaxes are funny; other times these complicated tricks are irritating. Make a video about someone who plans a series of elaborate hoaxes on a friend, and show us what happens.

Pro-tip: Writers use hoaxes to describe mischief in the form of usually harmless (though sometimes embarrassing) pranks. The word hoax is often used to describe a joke that is played out in public.

2. Assumed (adjective) – pretended; put on

Thought starter: Have you ever tried out another accent for the fun of it? Or assumed a different name to see how it would feel? Some assumed identities and fake names are harmless; others are criminal! Make a short video about someone who invents an assumed identity and uses an assumed name.

Pro-tip: Writers use assumed when someone takes on an aspect of identity that does not belong to them. Mystery novels are full of characters whose assumed names and personalities create all kinds of confusion around them.

3. Alter-ego (noun) – another aspect of oneself or an invented personality

Thought starter: Sometimes it can be fun to act out different parts of your personality. Perhaps your alter-ego is more fearless and daring, or outgoing and funny, than your usual self. Some artists perform their alter-egos for the public, while their private personalities are very different. Create a video about the difference between a famous person’s alter-ego onstage, and how she behaves with her friends and family.

Pro-tip: Writers use alter-ego to describe different parts of a person’s personality, or another identity they might inhabit. Many comic-book superheroes hide their alter-egos by pretending to be very ordinary people.

4. Devised (verb) – planned; invented

Thought starter: Have you ever spent weeks planning an event? Or came up with an idea that would be complicated to make into a reality? If so, you devised, or thought up, a course of action. Make a video about someone who devised a brilliant concept and brought her dream to life.

Pro-tip: Writers use devised to describe designing a plan, invention, or event. A smart detective devised a way to catch a suspect in his own lies. A criminal mastermind devised a way to take over his city.

5. Deprecating (adjective) – expressing disapproval of

Thought starter: Do you know someone with a negative attitude, who always criticizes everything? Do her deprecating remarks ever bring you down? Make a video about a character who finds a way to say deprecating things about an event everyone else enjoyed.

Pro-tip: Writers use deprecating to describe critical comments. A politician has to be careful about who she makes deprecating remarks about while running for office. You might tell a friend his poor performance was great, instead of saying deprecating things about his acting.

6. Feigned (verb) – pretended; simulated; sham

Thought starter: Have you ever pretended to feel an emotion? Perhaps someone threw you a surprise birthday party that you found out about beforehand. Maybe you feigned surprise to avoid disappointing your friends. Make a video about someone who feigned happiness when he received a present he didn’t like.

Pro-tip: Writers use feigned to describe an insincere or faked action. It might be painful to listen to a bad actor’s feigned accent. A criminal feigned shock when told about the crime he’d committed.

7. Confabulating (verb) – filling in gaps in the memory with detailed accounts of fictitious events the narrator believes are true

Thought starter: It’s impossible to remember everything! Sometimes when we try to tell a good story we make up things that didn’t actually happen. We don’t mean to hurt people with our lies, and we may even come to believe they are true! This is called confabulating. Make a video about two people who were at the same party and witnessed a strange event, but who end up confabulating very different versions of what happened.

Pro-tip: Writers use confabulating to describe the action of telling events that didn’t happen, but have become true in the storyteller’s memory. It is also used, more informally, as a synonym for conversation.

8. Conceal (verb) – hide; keep secret

Thought starter: Sometimes we cover up things to protect another person’s feelings, or hide things we don’t want others to see. You might conceal the fact that you got the highest grade in the class, or conceal a prized possession to keep it safe. Make a video about someone’s hilarious attempt to conceal the surprise of a birthday party from a friend.


Pro-tip: Writers use conceal to describe the act of hiding. A fugitive might conceal his real identity in order to avoid the police. You might feel an obligation to conceal a hurtful fact from a friend.

Submission requirements:

In a video, no longer than 1 minute, you must:

  • Choose only one word from the list provided.
  • Clearly and accurately demonstrate the meaning, pronunciation and correct usage of the word using the definition provided.
  • Display the following as text on screen at appropriate points during your video:
    • The word and its part of speech (noun, adjective or verb).
    • The definition of the word.
    • The word used accurately in a sentence that describes the actions in your video.
  • Meet all official rules and requirements.

Key Dates:

  • September 15, 2014 – Contest opens
  • October 27, 2014 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • November 10, 2014 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • On or around December 15, 2014 – Winners announced on the Project ED website

Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:

Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:

  • Educational merit and accuracy: Your video achieves the educational goals presented in the contest brief and viewers learn intended material from your video.
  • Creativity and engagement: Your video presents educational content in a memorable way; viewers are compelled to watch the video to completion. Does your video convey its message in an artistic, creative and innovative way?
  • Quality of video production: Your video has high resolution and audio quality, effectively employs visual aesthetics and cinematography and demonstrates production skills.
  • Appropriate content: Your video 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 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, five finalist prizes, and one viewers choice prizes. All prizes amounts are in USD where applicable.

Additional Requirements:

  • The video’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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