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This Land is Our Land Vocabulary Video Contest

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Our country is full of dramatic landscapes. Jutting rocks, lush valleys, and deep-sea caverns—this land was made for you and me! As we explore our beautiful earth, we can use the following words to describe the ground beneath our feet and the awesome structures around us.

Take a look at eleven earthy words below to get a better idea of what we’re talking about. Choose one. 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 eleven words: ravine, outskirts, gully, summit, cirque, grottoes, foliage, outcropping, undergrowth, plateau, boughs.

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. Ravine (noun) – a deep, narrow strip of land between two steep sides

Thought starter: Ever seen a narrow piece of land sunken in-between two steep cliffs? That’s called a ravine, a narrow piece of land enclosed by two vertical sides. A ravine— whether in the sand, mountains, or woods—makes a great hiding place because they’re usually deep and walled. Make a video of someone who must cross, or take shelter in, a ravine.

Pro tip: Writers use the word ravine when talking about a land formation that is similar to, but more narrow than, a valley. A ravine is often formed through stream erosion, which is why it can snake through the land as a river would.

2. Outskirts (noun) – outer edges

Thought starter: Does the place where you live feel far from all the action? Is the nearest city a never-ending bus or train ride away? Then you must live on the outskirts, or distant edges, of town. The good news is that these outskirts, or remote areas, are more peaceful than town centers. Make a video that shows the benefits and drawbacks of living on the outskirts of a town.

Pro tip: Writers use the word outskirts to describe regions located far from more populated town centers. A garden or piece of property can also have outskirts, or fringes.

3. Gully (noun) – ditch

Thought starter: Ever seen a dried-up stream? This deep groove in the earth where water once flowed is a gully. Similar to a ravine, but smaller, a gully is a channel formed through water erosion. Make a video showing how a gully is formed.

Pro tip: Writers use the word gully to refer to a big ditch. A gully can be grassy, rocky, filled with water, or manmade. For example, a cement gully can prevent flooding by draining rainwater away.

4. Summit (noun) – peak

Thought starter: You don’t need to climb Mount Everest to know that reaching its summit is a huge accomplishment! A summit is a hill or mountain’s highest point. Make a video of someone who celebrates arriving at a summit.

Pro tip: Writers use the word summit to describe the very top of something—whether it’s a mountain, hill, or level of achievement. A hiker might spend hours, or even days, trying to reach a mountain’s summit.

5. Cirque (noun) – a rounded, bowl-like valley

Thought starter: Outdoor theaters often consist of a flat stage surrounded by sloped seating. When a structure like this occurs naturally, it’s called a cirque. Formed in mountainous regions, a cirque is a half-open basin with steep sides. Cirque comes from the French word for arena. Make a video of someone performing in the middle of a cirque.

Pro tip: Writers use the word cirque to refer to the concave, round formation at the head of a valley. Most cirques once held glaciers, though some are eroded volcanoes.

6. Grottoes (noun) – caves

Thought starter: Cavemen often took shelter inside naturally hollowed out rock, or grottoes.Grottoes, whether near the ocean or high on a hillside, are underground chambers. Sometimes grottoes fill with seawater, and are large enough to sail through. Make a video showing grottoes near the sea.

Pro tip: Writers use grottoes to refer to small caves, most of which are near water and susceptible to flooding. Manmade grottoes are also popular features of gardens, as they provide covered nooks for statues.

7. Foliage (noun) – plant leaves

Thought starter: How do you know if a tree is healthy? You could start by inspecting its foliage, or leaves, for clues. Changes in foliage also signal the arrival of new seasons. In the fall, trees boast beautiful red and orange foliage. Make a video showing how foliage changes between two seasons.

Pro tip: Writers use the word foliage to refer to leaves on any plant. Leaves used for decorative purposes are also called foliage.

8. Outcropping (noun) – visible surface of rock or earth

Thought starter: Ever see a mound of rocks jutting out from the ground? This is called an outcropping, or protruding surface of earth. Outcroppings become exposed due to shifting plates, erosion, or human excavation. Make a video that shows someone discovering an outcropping rising above the ground.

Pro tip: Writers use the word outcropping to describe a visible area of rock and earth. An island is a very common kind of an outcropping, as are boulders by the sea.

9. Undergrowth (noun) – dense plants growing underneath trees

Thought starter: If you’ve ever walked through a forest, you’ve likely seen shrubs, bushes, and other plants growing under trees. This thick vegetation, called undergrowth, is home to many insects, like slugs and beetles, and frogs.Sometimes, the undergrowth gets so dense that it must be cleared. Make a video showing someone clearing undergrowth in the woods.

Pro tip: Writers use undergrowth to describe low-lying plants clustered at the base of trees. Undergrowth—such as ferns, grasses, and flowering plants—can be anywhere between 1 and 9 feet tall.

10. Plateau (noun) – high area of smooth flat ground

Thought starter: In India, the Deccan Plateau rises more than two miles above the ground. A plateau is an elevated, flat landform. Plateaus, with their level, smooth surfaces, are also known as tablelands or high plains. Make a video of someone hiking across a plateau.

Pro tip: In geology, writers use the word plateau to refer to a highland. A plateau’s even terrain makes it a good landing spot for planes and helicopters.

11. Boughs (noun) – branches

Thought starter: Everyone’s heard the lullaby about the cradle rocking on a treetop until the bough breaks, Boughs are branches that extend outward from trees. Make a video of things you might see or do on the boughs of a tree.

Pro tip: Writers use the word boughs when talking about a tree’s branches. You might pick fruit or swing from a tree’s boughs.

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:

  • January 12, 2015 – Contest opens
  • February 23rd, 2015 – Last day to submit your video (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • March 9, 2015 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • On or around April 12, 2015 – 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 grand prize and five word winner 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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