Lesson 10
Take Action - Making Films

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


After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Edit their documentaries for maximum effect using video editing tools


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

Guiding Questions:

  • What role does post-production have in creating our documentaries?
  • How can we use video editing tools to craft effective documentaries?

Recommended Time:

90 -180 minutes - 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 documentaries.