Language Arts

THE 2016-2017 MERIDIAN COMPETITIONS

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#1 Vocabulary Vines

Vine Videos are six-second videos that run on a loop. Your Challenge is to create a sixty-second video that strings together a series of Vines that illuminate its audience about the meaning of vocabulary words or literary devices.  Additionally, your video must have some kind of theme or connective tissue that ties your words together: creating a story or connection– something that makes this more than just a random string of definitions. In the end you are creating a video that is designed to teach your peers about the beauty and meaning, in a memorable way, of words. Due: December 2nd, 2016; or March 31st, 2017.

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Media Literacy

#2 Short Story to Theatrical Glory

Short Stories are about using the genre’s select elements to tell a small, concise narrative that has large, universal resonance. In this Challenge, your team will create a short video, on a theatrical stage using minimal props and characters, designed to communicate the essence of your select short story, with a focus on communicating both narrative and theme. Due: December 2nd, 2016; or March 31st, 2017.

Qualifies for Badges

Media Literacy

#3 Poetry Mash-up

There’s this YouTube guy named Kutiman. He has a visual style of musical mash-up that is invigorating, fun and inspiring. In this Challenge, your team will create your own Kutiman-style mash-up, but instead of featuring music, you’ll be featuring poetry. The end result will be a new mash-up poem that combines the original verse from the poet or format you are studying, with your own poetic verse. Due: December 2nd, 2016; or April 28th, 2017.

Qualifies for Badges

Media Literacy

#4 Gothic Gristle

In this Challenge, your team is asked to create the basic parameters of a Gothic novel – you will write and present the opening paragraphs of your proposed Gothic story – then write and shoot a scene, as based on three tenets of the genre, set in your fictionalized Gothic universe.  Due: December 2nd, 2016; or April 28th, 2017.

Qualifies for Badges

Media Literacy