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Project ED SCRUTINY
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Ready to crack the case?
Detectives solve complex problems. They sift through evidence, hunt down the bad guys, protect the people, and prevent crimes. Not bad for a day’s work!
Now it’s your turn. Look at the six words below. Choose one. Take a close look at the definition and the clues in the brief to craft a story that conveys the 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?
A close look
Scrutiny is a noun that means a close examination or observation.
When detectives collect evidence, interrogate a suspect, or explore a crime scene they must use scrutiny. They need to look closely at all of the details. This is not only important for detectives. Doctors use scrutiny when they examine patients and conduct operations. Teachers also use scrutiny when they grade tests. You may use it when you read this contest brief or the directions for a new gadget.
Pro Tip: Scrutiny comes from the Latin word scrutari which means to search or examine.
Exonerate is a verb that means to clear from blame; to absolve.
Good detectives don’t only hunt down bad guys. They also collect evidence to determine whether or not a person is guilty. If the evidence proves that a suspect was wrongfully accused, this will exonerate her. Although this word is frequently used in the court of law, it is also used in other contexts. Perhaps, for example, you have been accused of cheating in school, but were exonerated when a classmate helped prove your innocence.
Pro Tip: Exonerate comes from the Latin word exonerare, which means to unburden.
It’s a bit unclear.
Ambiguous is an adjective that means unclear in meaning; can be interpreted in different ways.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand the objects, phenomena, and events we observe. In fact, two people may interpret the same thing in different ways! Consider for example, a detective’s mysterious case, an inconclusive scientific experiment, a confusing film, or an abstract work of art. That’s why the word ambiguous is such a crucial element in any writer’s toolbox.
Pro Tip: Ambiguous comes from the Latin word ambigere, which means to be undecided.
If only I could see the future.
Foresight is a noun that means careful consideration of the future.
Though there is no way to know exactly what will happen in the future, some decisions are made with more consideration future consequences. You might, for example, go to sleep earlier the night before a big test because you know you’ll need the sleep even if you really want to watch your favorite TV show. Foresight is crucial for detectives because it can help prevent crime. It may also prevent you from making some bad decisions like breaking a rule that could land you in detention or eating unhealthy foods that make you sick. Foresight is a handy tool that we often wish we had an even better grasp on.
Culpable is an adjective that means deserving blame.
A big part of a detective’s job is figuring out who is guilty. People other than detectives, however, also make frequent use of this word. You may have sought out the family member culpable for eating your slice of pie or the classmate culpable for spreading a vicious rumor. We tend to want to know the person responsible for wrong-doing.
Pro Tip: Culpable comes from the Latin word culpa, which means guilt.
She’s undetected. Secret. Covered Up.
Covert is an adjective that means hidden or undercover.
Writers use covert to describe a crafty spy or detective. There are covert operations within the military and in police departments. This word is THE inspiration for thriller novels and action movies!
Pro Tip: Covert is related to the Middle English, Anglo-French word coverir, which means to cover.
In a video, no longer than 1 minute, you must:
Videos will be evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:
Prizes per contest vary. In most cases, a grand prize will be awarded to one video in the Under 18 category and one in the Over 18 category. Finalist videos will also receive a prize. 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 subject to the applicable district and school policies. Teachers’ prizes may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.