Lesson 9
Take Action - Making Films

Video Editing: Text,
Transitions, FX, V/O & Music


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Edit their PSAs for maximum effect using video editing tools


In this lesson, students learn how to use text, transitions, effects, voiceovers and music in their films for desired impact.

Guiding Questions:

What role does post-production have in creating our PSAs?

How can we use video editing tools to craft effective PSAs?

Recommended Time:

90 -180 minutes

Recommended Time:

Depending on how sophisticated your students’ use of video editing already is and the time you have available, you can break this lesson up in a number of ways. You may go over all the tips in one class or break them up as you see fit.

Common Core State Standards:



Video Editing 101 Handout

Technology Required:

Computers with video editing software

Lesson Design:

  • Distribute and review Video Editing 101 handout with students, stopping to model each editing technique.
  • Students use the remaining time to edit their PSAs.
  • As they prepare to finish their PSAs, students view their projects, making any final changes. The rubric can be used as a useful checklist to guide them along the way.