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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 are subject to the applicable district and school policies. Prizes for teachers may be awarded via DonorChoose.org.