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How do you think about time?
We haven’t discovered how to travel through time in real life yet, but there are many words that help us understand the order in which things occur. Sometimes uncelebrated, these words help us simply and efficiently communicate how and when events happen.
This contest is all about words that have to do with time and order. Pick one word from the list belowand tell a short story in video form that captures the essence of its meaning. Creatively craft your story in a 1-minute video that includes the part of speech, definition, and a sentence that accurately uses the one word that you choose.
The four words you can choose from in this challenge are: imminent, prior, proceed, and successively.
Before you get started, here are the MUST-HAVEs for your video:
- Your video must be no longer than one minute
- You must 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) Imminent (adjective) - about to occur
It’s about to happen!
Imminent is an adjective that means about to occur.
Writers often use this word to describe unavoidable danger. A soldier in the field might feel his life is in imminent danger. For some animal and plant species, extinction is imminent. However, danger isn’t the only thing that can be imminent! Success is imminentfor a talented musician who’s worked hard and paid her dues. If something is imminent, it’s expected or likely to happen.
Can you tell a story about something that’s bound to happen? Show us an event that is imminent.
Pro Tip: Imminent comes from the Latin word imminentem, which means to overhang, impend, be near, be at hand.
2) Prior (adjective) - coming before in time, order, or importance; previous
It already happened…
Prior is an adjective that means coming before in time, order, or importance; previous.
Writers use this word when they want to say something already happened, or existed previously. For instance: Your prior work experience should make finding a new job a sure thing. Prior to building the frame of the house, we poured a sturdy concrete foundation.
Have you accomplished something you’re very proud of? Tell us a story about what had to be done prior to this project or goal being completed.
Pro Tip: Prior comes from the Latin word prior,which means former, previous, first.
3) Proceed (verb) - to move forward; do something as a natural next step; start or continue with action
Let’s get going!
Proceed is a verb that means to move forward; do something as a natural next step; start or continue with an action.
Writers use this word to show characters moving forward with an action. A police officer has to proceed carrying out orders from her lieutenant, even if she doesn’t agree with them. We must proceed doing what is most important to us even when it’s scary or difficult.
Show us what it means for you to proceed with a plan, project, or course of action.
Pro Tip: Proceed comes from the Latin word procedure, which means go forward, advance, make progress.
4) Successively (adverb) - following one another or following others, in a series or uninterrupted order
One after the other.
Successively is an adverb that means following one another or following others, in a series or uninterrupted order.
Writers use this word when they want to efficiently saythings are following one another. For instance, a mail carrier goes successivelyto each house on the neighborhood route to deliver the mail. A body builder does each repetition of lifting weights successively. On a day when things are really going your way, good things are happening successively.
Can you demonstrate an activity in which the steps must be completed successivelyin order for the final outcome to be successful?
Pro Tip: Successively comes from the medieval Latin word successivus, the root of which is the verb succedere, which means come after, go near to.
- READ THE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS IN THE RULES TAB.
- CHECK OUT EXAMPLE SENTENCES AND THOUGHT STARTERS IN THE RESOURCES TAB.
- GO CREATE!
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.
- September 25, 2013 – Contest starts
- October 24, 2013 – Contest closes at 12:00 a.m. ET
- November 20, 2013 – 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 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 are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.
- 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 the General Terms and Conditions.
- “Suddenly it became as midnight; the noises of the jungle ceased; the trees stood motionless as though in paralyzed expectancy of some great and imminent disaster.”— Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes
- “Till then, at least, he was free and must do something for himself, for the danger was imminent.”— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
- “They proposed remaining in London only three days, prior to departing for some weeks to a distant part of the coast.”— Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist
- “It was so thick, and the foliage so dense, that it was quite fatiguing to proceed.”— Hans Christian Andersen, “The Bell”
- “Now that I’ve learned all the basic chords, it will be easier for me to proceed in learning how to play the guitar."
- “He had successively gone through the profession of a singing boy, sexton, sailor, monk, peddler, soldier, and lackey.”— Voltaire, Candide
- The orange cat successively paid attention to each of her kittens when they were born.
Thought Starters for a “Time” Video
- Create a 1-minute video about a duo of inventors who create a time machine to demonstrate the meaning of one of these words.
- Many popular films are based on the adventures of epic heroes. Make a short film about the imminentdanger or challenge one of your favorites heroes must face.
- What’s your greatest ambition? Make a list of all the steps you’ll need to do to make your dream come true, and then make a video demonstrating the meaning of proceed by showing us how you will achieve your goal.
- What is one of your favorite famous landmarks? The Brooklyn Bridge? The Eiffel Tower? The Golden Gate Bridge? Make a short video documentary about what had to be done before breaking ground on a great architectural achievement to demonstrate the meaning of the word prior.
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