Video and Vocabulary

For students to watch or to make on their smart phone:

From the New York Times, 12/19/2013: “Though some of the technical skills exhibited in these videos were extraordinary, our winners based chiefly on how well or creatively the entries demonstrated an understanding of the word and its use in a specific context. We and our partners at are word nerds, after all, not videographers.

Fifteen seconds is not a lot of time, but many entries managed to tell a story nonetheless. For example, the video at the top of this post shows how serendipity can change a student’s destiny, while another winning work shows what happens when sleeplessness leads to terrifying hallucinations.We also enjoyed entries, like turncoat and bifurcate, that used literary allusions to get their definitions across, and we were delighted by the number of videos that were simply laugh-out-loud funny.”


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