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Jovial

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Festooned

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Project ED - Spirited Dancing

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Festively (the short film)

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Jubilance (noun) - Joy

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A Raucously Christmas

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Rousing! Definition and Examples


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A Spirited Army

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Jubilance?

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Ready for a party?

‘Tis the season to celebrate. Get ready for lots of family and food, lots of talking and laughing, and lots of dancing—if you can manage after all that feasting! We’re here to help you start your celebrations creatively with a list of eight celebration words for our next Project ED!

Look at the eight 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 that lasts 1 minute or less, that effectively and creatively teaches the meaning of your chosen word. Are you up to the challenge?

The eight words you can choose from in this challenge are: jovial, festooned, rousing, raucously, jubilance, festively, spirited, and flourish.

Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your video:

  • Your video must be no longer than one minute
  • You can choose only one word for your video
  • You must use the definition provided below
  • You must display the word, part of speech, definition, and an example sentence on the screen at appropriate points during your video

1) Jovial (adjective) – cheerful

LOL.

Jovial is an adjective that means cheerful. Jovial refers more to a person’s general character than to their mood at any given moment.

A mailman who happily sings while working, even in the rain, might be called a jovial person. His singing could be described as jovial, too. If your Mom does a touchdown dance when you come home after school, she is probably a jovial person. If your Dad whistles and laughs in the shower, even though he was last in line and there’s no hot water left, then he is probably a most jovial person.

Pro Tip: Jovial comes from the Latin joviālis, which means of or pertaining to the planet Jupiter—the birth planet associated with joy and happiness.

2) Festooned (verb) - decorated

Ribbons, and streamers, and bunting, oh my!

Festooned is a verb that means decorated, but not exactly like decorating a cake. It refers more to hanging decorations, like streamers or ornaments, around a room.

The necks of a newly married bride and groom might be festooned with garlands of flowers. A school gym would probably be festooned with paper streamers before a big dance. If you love celebrating the Fourth of July, you might have festooned your house with flags and pennants. On Halloween, your neighbors’ trees might be festooned with lovely streamers of toilet paper. Where did that come from? Hmmmmm.

Pro Tip: Festooned derives from the Italian festone meaning decoration for a feast.

3) Rousing (adjective) - energetic

Rah! Rah! Rah!

Rousing is an adjective that means energetic. It generally refers to things that energize or inspire a crowd, like moving speeches or pulsing music.

At halftime the Coach’s speech might be so rousing the formerly exhausted team goes out to win the game. A homerun at the end of the game might be so rousing that the crowd leaps to their feet. Your best friend’s speech about volunteering might be so rousing that you sign up to spend your weekends helping to build houses. Many movies feature an incredibly rousing speech that inspires the characters to take action!

Pro Tip: Rousing is a word that traces its roots to falconry and refers to a hawk shaking its feathers.

4) Raucously (adverb) – loudly and roughly

Hey, calm down!

Raucously is an adverb that means loudly and roughly. It most often refers to energized ways of expressing oneself, like shouting or laughing uncontrollably. It also describes the way crowds might behave— especially if they are celebrating.

After their team wins the State Championship the crowd might celebrate raucously by tearing down the goal posts and dancing late into the night. If your father and his brother haven’t seen each other for a long time, they might spend all night singing raucously when he comes to visit. Raucously is often used in relation to the sound birds make. For example blue jays might gather in a tree cawing raucously and making a racket. Who knows what they might be celebrating?

Pro Tip: Raucously is from the classical Latin raucus, which means rowdy or noisy behavior.

5) Jubilance (noun) - joy

Unbearable joy.

Jubilance is a noun that means joy. It is often used when someone’s happiness is so intense that it bursts out in an act of celebration.

When you find out that you aced the math test, your jubilance might make you dance backwards all the way down the hall. If your mother wins the lottery, she might be so filled with jubilance that she buys the whole family ice cream—including the dog! Your family might express jubilance at your high school graduation by smiling, clapping and hugging you tight—making it one of the most special moments of your life.

Pro Tip: Jubilance comes from the Latin jubilare meaning to raise a shout of joy.

6) Festively (adverb) - merrily

Let’s party!

Festively is an adverb that means merrily. Festively can refer to just about anything you do to happily celebrate something—from the way you walk, talk, or even the colorful socks you choose to wear!

For your sister’s birthday, you might festively bake a zebra-shaped cake because it’s her favorite animal. If you are a big fan of homework, you might festively decorate your deskwith colored lights. If you love Monday mornings, you might brush your teeth while dancing festively and reciting your favorite Monday morning poem. During the holidays people love to gather together and festively sing holiday songs.

Pro Tip: Festively has it roots in the Latin festivus which means the time of the feast.

7) Spirited (adjective) – Full of life and energy

You’re the life of the party!

Spirited is an adjective that means full of life and energy. It generally refers to doing something with energy and passion. While it can also refer to something mean-spirited, we are looking for high-spirited videos.

A person who really cares about the environment could give a spirited speech about the cleanup of a polluted stream. Your dancing might become incredibly spirited if the DJ plays your favorite song. Someone who loves cycling would make a spirited ride down a big hill. If you dream of being a singer, you might give a spirited performance of the national anthem in front of your mirror.

Pro Tip: Spirited has it roots in the Latin spīritus (and the Italian spirito, Portuguese espirito, Spanish espiritu) relating to breathing, breath and air.

8) Flourish (noun) – a showy gesture

Just watch me now!

A flourish is a noun that means a showy gesture. It often refers to something you do at the end of a completed activity that adds special attention.

If you write your name with a huge loop and then zoom the line off the page, that is signing your name with a flourish. A flourish is doing a backflip after scoring a touchdown. If you slide through the doorway every time you enter a room, that is entering a room with a flourish. If you take a bow when you finish your breakfast, that would probably be an unnecessary flourish.

Pro Tip: Flourish derives from old French florir meaning to flower or bloom.


GET STARTED:

1. CHOOSE ONE OF THE EIGHT WORDS ABOVE.

2. READ THE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS IN THE RULES TAB.

3. GO CREATE!

4. SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO BEFORE December 30th, 2013.

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:

  • December 2, 2013 – Contest starts
  • December 30, 2013 – Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • January 13, 2014 – Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET
  • January 27, 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. Your video conveys 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 ‘Student’ 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 ‘Student’ category and submitters 18 years or older are placed in the adult 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 are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.

Official Requirements:

  • The video’s creator must be at least 13 years old.
  • Minors must obtain a parent’s or guardian’s consent to enter the contest.
  • Your video cannot last more than 1 minute.
  • You must use appropriate language and content.
  • You must properly clear and credit any source music, film clips, images, or locations you use.
  • 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 theContest Terms.

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