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Movers and Shakers Vocabulary Video Contest

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$1000

Youth Grand Prize

$1000

Adult Grand Prize

$200

Viewer's Choice

$200

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Hastened Hours

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Teeming NYC

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Flash Surged Ahead

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Project Ed - Nimble

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Tread Lightly

There are many words to describe movements, some of them more interesting than others! The way we move often says a lot about our emotions or how comfortable we feel. Whether we mean to or not, sometimes we show others how we feel just by walking across the room. Do any of these moving and shaking words apply to you?

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: hastened, nimble, tread, bustled, surged, frenzied, teeming, and flitting.

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. Hastened (verb) – to move act swiftly; hurry

Thought starter: Have you ever overslept? Of course you have! Most likely, you hastened to take a shower, brush your teeth, and get out the door. Make a video showing someone who hastened through her responsibilities so she wouldn’t be late for am important event.

Pro tip: Writers use hastened to describe moving quickly. The runner hastened his steps when he realized he might lose the race. You hastened to finish your chores so you could enjoy a beautiful day outside.

2. Nimble (adjective) – moving quickly and lightly

Thought starter: Know someone who’s light on their feet? A talented running back use nimble moves to avoid getting tackled on the football field. A nimble black belt easily avoids her opponent’s blows. Make a video that shows a nimble athlete completing a complicated play or routine.

Pro tip: Writers use nimble to describe quick, graceful movements. An experienced sailor ties complicated knots with nimble fingers. A nimble rabbit easily escapes a predator.

3. Tread (verb) – to walk; to step

Thought starter: Have you heard the phrase “Don’t tread on me”? This is another way to say “Don’t walk on me.” Tread is a verb that means to walk. Make a video about someone who must tread carefully to stay on a tightrope.

Pro tip: Writers use tread as another way to say walk or step. If you planned to tread across a desert, you’d bring lots of water. A thief trying not to make a sound would to tread lightly.

4. Bustled (verb) – to hurry busily or with much fuss and bother

Thought starter: Have you ever organized a party? The day of the event, you probably bustled around to put every last detail in order. Maybe a nervous friend arrived and bustled to help out, but ended up causing more problems. Make a video that shows someone who bustled to complete a very simple task.

Pro tip: Writers use bustled to describe busy motion. During rush hour, people bustled and hurried through the streets, eager to get home. He bustled to clean up the kitchen, but ended up breaking dishes because he was in such a rush.

5. Surged (verb) – to move suddenly, violently in a particular direction

Thought starter: Surged is a verb that means moved suddenly, powerfully forward or upward. During the storm, ocean waves surged toward the shore and caused real damage.The crowd at a concert became excited and surged towards the stage. Make a video showing wind or water that surged during a storm.

Pro tip: Writers use surged to mean moved suddenly, powerfully forward or upward. After a hard rain, the river surged with muddy water. The steamship surged through the water.

6. Frenzied (adjective) – wildly excited

Thought starter: A frenzied dog may bark excitedly at anyone or anything it happens to pass. Frenzied is an adjective that means wildly excited. A frenzied dog may have a lot of energy, but could be a pain to take on a walk. Make a video showing a frenzied pet wreaking havoc at a popular vacation spot.

Pro tip: Writers use frenzied to describe people, places, and things that are out of control. A crowd at a concert might become frenzied. Sharks become frenzied when chum is added to the water.

7. Teeming (verb) – to be full of, overflowing or swarming with

Thought starter: Have you ever picked up a rock and seen teeming ants underneath? You were probably surprised to find the dirt swarming with so much life. Teeming is a verb that means overflowing or to be full of. Make a video that shows a space teeming with people or insects.

Pro tip: Writers use teeming to mean full of, overflowing or swarming with. The crystal clear lake was teeming with thousands of fish. The pile of rotten fruit was teeming with fruit flies.

8. Flitting (verb) – to pass lightly and rapidly

Thought Starter: A butterfly, flitting from place to place, will rarely stay still for long. Hummingbirds sample the nectar from each flower as they go flitting from through the flowerbed. Flitting is a verb that means to pass lightly and rapidly. Make a video showing a person or animal flitting through a garden.

Pro tip: Writers use flitting to mean passing lightlyand rapidly. The host of the party went flitting from person to person until he talked to everyone. Dandelion fluff was flitting across a meadow as the wind blew.

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:

  • October 13, 2014 – Contest opens
  • November 24, 2014 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • December 8, 2014 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • On or around January 11, 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, six 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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