For the third year, Vocabulary.com is partnering with the New York Times Learning Network for our annual 15-second Vocabulary Video Contest for students.
Students ages 13 to 19: We invite you to create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words in the 1,500-words-strong "Word of the Day" collection from the New York Times Learning Network and Vocabulary.com. You have until Feb. 23 at 7 a.m. Eastern to do it, and all the rules and regulations, plus some inspiration from past winners, are below.
Vocab Video Contest FAQ
I'm in! What are the rules and guidelines?
- All words must come from the New York Times Learning Network / Vocabulary.com Word of the Day feature. Each word must be pronounced and defined, and the part of speech must be given. Here is a PDF of all 1,486 words published through Jan. 14, 2016.
- All definitions must come from either the Word of the Day or the Vocabulary.com dictionary. If there are several definitions, you may just use the first one if you like.
- You must be 13 to 19 years old, but can be from anywhere in the world.
- Your video should be no more than 15 seconds, but can be shorter.
- You can work alone, with a partner or in a group, but only one submission per student, please, whether you're working alone or with others.
- Use your imagination. You can act the word out, animate it, use puppets, draw, sing a song, create a dance, incorporate photographs, create a Claymation, or anything else that will help viewers understand and learn your word.
- Post a link to the video as a comment on this blog post or on this New York Times Learning Network page along with the first name of everyone who worked on the video. We will watch the videos first to make sure they are appropriate before we approve your comment, so don't worry if you don't see your link for a day or two.
- Please make sure your video is public so that we can see it without a password.
- The contest ends on Feb. 23 at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.
So we only post a link to our video on your blog. Where do we post the videos themselves?
Anywhere that you, your teachers and your parents or guardians are comfortable with, but please make sure we don't need a password to access it.
Of course, please follow the Terms of Service for whatever platform you use.
Where can I look for inspiration?
But if you'd like to learn more about developing vocabulary through multimodal expression, you might read some of the work of Professor Bridget Dalton. In this piece for Literacy Beat, she describes the step-by-step process she went through with her graduate students to have them create short videos like this one.
How can I choose a word then learn enough about it to make a video?
To choose your word, look through these six interactive and learnable vocabulary lists: List 1, List 2, List 3, List 4, List 5, and List 6. You can scroll through the New York Times Learning Network's Word of the Day feature to see about 10 words at a time, or you can scan this PDF list of all 1,486 words we published with them through Jan. 14, 2016. (Teachers, you might choose the specific words from that list that you'd like your students to use.)
Next, take a look at the word's definition page in the Vocabulary.com dictionary. There you'll find a friendly explanation and a rich supply of authentic usage examples from both current and classic sources. Take a look at the entries for retinue and uproarious — both former Word of the Day words — as examples.
Want to go a bit deeper? Type your work along with the phrase "Word of the Day," into the New York Times Learning Network's search box. This will take you to the Word of the Day feature, where you'll see more about the word's definition as well as examples of how it has been used in The New York Times.
Once you have a handle on the word's meaning and how it is commonly used, you can start to think about the most effective way to teach that word in a 15-second video.
(Want to do something productive while waiting for inspiration to strike? Use the practice tab on this list of the first year's winning words or add them to your game play with "learn this list.")
Thank you for participating! Remember, to enter, just post the link to your video, along with the first name (and last initial, if you like) of all those who worked on it, in the comments field, below. You can also post your questions there, and we'll answer them in bold as soon as we can.
Don't post videos in a place where we need passwords to see them.
And no last names please, although if you win you will have the option of having your last name listed.
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