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Scary Words Part 2 Halloween Vocabulary Video Contest on Project Ed

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Its baaaack! Project Ed's annual Halloween vocabulary contest is back with eight new words to keep you spooked through the season!!

Would you walk through a graveyard at midnight? Would you do it on Halloween? Would you try to talk to spirits with a Ouija board? Some people can’t get enough of scary stories and eerie places. Others hope never to meet a ghost. Some believe that on Halloween, as the nights grow longer, the veil between the worlds gets thinner — so thin that a black cat might show you where to cross over … would you follow it?


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: incantation, chimera, fiend, apparition, diabolical, unhallowed, wretch, spectre.

Your video must:

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

1. Incantation (noun) – magic spell

Thought starter: Witches in the movies are always saying weird words as they stir bubbling potions or shake their wands. The incantations they pronounce might make you sleep a hundred years, or turn you into a frog. Make a short video about an incantation with unexpected results.

Pro tip: Incantation comes from the Latin word for “sing” or “chant.” Witches and wizards often chant or sing an incantation in a special magical language.

2. Chimera (noun) – fantasy

Thought starter: Have you ever chased after an unlikely dream, only to watch it shatter? Perhaps you pursued a chimera, just like a long-ago alchemist trying to turn lead into gold, or a sorcerer trying to talk to the dead. Make a short video about a dreamer who believes in both wonderful and terrible chimeras.

Pro tip: The original chimera was a mythological monster — part lion, part goat, and part snake. Because this fantastic animal could never exist, writers began using the word chimera to mean any kind of wild fantasy or impossible combination.

3. Fiend (noun) – devil, demon, or evil spirit

Thought starter: Have you heard people talk about guardian angels? A fiend is the opposite of a guardian spirit! Instead of protecting people, a fiend torments us, whispers terrible ideas, tricks us, and laughs at our suffering. Fiends chase us while we live and drag us to the underworld when we die. Make a short video about a fiend that passes itself off as a human being.

Pro tip: The word fiend once meant “enemy.” Christian writers began using fiend to mean “devil” because they thought of the Devil as humanity’s worst enemy. Now fiend can also mean someone who is very enthusiastic. You could be a fiend for horror movies, or for popcorn!

4. Apparition (noun) – ghost or ghostly figure

Thought starter: Do you know someone who has seen a ghost? An apparition is a spooky vision you can see but not touch. An apparition might be the ghost of a person, or it might be a ghostly animal or haunted object that shows itself when the time is right. Make a short video about an apparition that only certain people can see.

Pro tip: The root word of apparition is “appear,” and its original meaning was simply “appearance.” Writers still might use the word apparition for any kind of remarkable appearance — not just ghosts, but also comets, otherworldly visions, and surprise visitors.

5. Diabolical (adjective) – devilish or horribly wicked

Thought starter: When human meanness and cruelty is hard to understand, sometimes it gets blamed on devils. A diabolical plot is so terrible it seems demons, not humans, must have invented it. A diabolical grin or laugh is evil enough to fit the Devil himself. Make a short video that shows a diabolical display of human nature.

Pro tip: Writers use diabolical in a slightly joking way to describe something they find outrageously or ridiculously bad. A reviewer might complain about the diabolical acting in a lousy movie, or a babysitter could be amazed at the diabolical behavior of a mischievous child.

6. Unhallowed (adjective) – unholy, unconsecrated, unblessed

Thought starter: Are you ever tempted to explore forbidden territory? Unhallowed areas are those zones outside the safe blessings of society. Folk stories, superstitions, and religions often warn against trespassing on unhallowed grounds or seeking unhallowed knowledge. Make a short video about a student of unhallowed arts — maybe magic, maybe science, maybe rock and roll music.

Pro tip: The words “Halloween” and unhallowed share the same root: “hallow,” meaning “to make holy or purify.” Unhallowed activities like summoning devils might be especially chancy on Halloween!

7. Wretch (noun) – miserable or unfortunate person

Thought Starter: Imagine an exile banished from home, washed up on hostile shores with no money, luck, friends, or shelter. This ragged wretch might endure hunger, rain, cold, hatred, sickness, loneliness, or prison. Other wretches might have different life histories, but equally awful fates. Frankenstein famously described his lonely, friendless and awful monster as a “depraved wretch.” Make a short video about a wretch who lives in a graveyard.

Pro tip: Writers sometimes use wretch to talk about children or animals they love and pity: “The poor wretch was so tired we had to carry her to bed.” Writers might also use wretch to talk about people they despise or scorn: “Those greedy wretches on city council stole the taxpayers’ money!”

8. Spectre (noun) – ghost

Thought Starter: Ghosts have many different reasons for appearing. One spectre might replay the scene of its own death, while other spectres might appear with a message of love or warning for the living. A spectre is always a visible ghost, and usually silent. Make a short video about a spectre and its haunting habits.

Pro tip: Writers also use spectre to mean a mental image of something feared or dreaded. The spectre of nuclear warfare looms over every international conflict.

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 29, 2014 – Contest opens
  • October 27, 2014 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • October 31, 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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