Modern Historical Meme with Adobe Premiere Rush

Students create a satirical interpretation of the historical event through the modern use of a meme
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About This Strategy

This 2-hour strategy helps students reflect on the meaning of a historical event by creating a satirical interpretation of the event through the modern use of a meme. You can use this strategy for any historical event, and it can be adapted for use with either Adobe Premiere Rush or Adobe Spark Video. Video creation with Adobe products allow students to both create original media and to explain their creation through video narration.

Because Adobe Premiere Rush  enables narrated image analysis, this strategy empowers students to interpret historical events  in a clever and thoughtful way.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Premiere Rush

  • Adobe Spark Video

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

120 minutes


Students review a historical event that they have already explored in the course, gather notes, source materials and  determine which event can be presented in a satirical meme. (30 minutes)


Students evaluate their event choice and brainstorm the core meaning of the event and how they can reveal the humor in the event through a satirical meme.  (15-30 minutes)


Students create the modern historical meme with Adobe Premiere Rush and add voice-overs to explain the intention of their meme and  how it reveals understanding of the event.  Students can examine an example here, watch tutorials here or read these steps. (30 minutes)


Students export  their Adobe Premiere Rush video and open the final product on a device (laptop / mobile / tablet). Students circulate throughout the classroom watching and listen to insight provided by their peers. (15 minutes)

Steps for Students

In this 2-hour strategy, you will create a meme based on a historical event that has already been studied and explored in our course using Adobe Premiere Rush. Creating a meme allows you to present your insight and understanding of a historical event by revealing the humor inherently present in the event. In order to create a meme you must have a solid understanding of the event that can be translated into a compelling and humorous visual meme.  Along with creating the meme, you will add voice-overs to both explain the event and the intention of your meme.

Using Adobe Premiere Rush enables narrated image analysis, this strategy empowers you to interpret historical events in a clever and thoughtful way.


1. Begin by reviewing your notes, prior assignments, and materials to identify a historical event that can be presented through a satirical meme.   The purpose of the meme is to reveal the core theme or meaning of the event through humor. Through a solid understanding of the historical event, you will reveal your understanding by highlighting, exaggerating and exposing the humor and irony within the event. (30 minutes)

Select an event that you have a solid understanding of and one that lends itself to a humorous interpretation through a meme.  When determining which historical event to transform into a meme, identify an instance that seems illogical, irrational or one sided.  These types of events may lend themselves to an exaggerated depiction that emphasizes humor through the visual.

2. Evaluate the historical event selected to determine how well it can be portrayed as a meme. Brainstorm the core theme of the event to identify the opportunity to reveal the inherent humor in the event.  As a guide, review the process of creating a meme.  Consider how the core theme of the event may portray power, conflict, rebellion, protest or others, and how that core theme can be presented humorously via a meme.  Your instructor may provide a curated library of traditionally used background images / photos for memes, or you may locate an image on your own.  A web search for “common meme background images” is a good starting point for this process. (15-30 minutes)

View this student example as a model of final product for a narrated historical meme.

3. Create the meme in Adobe Premiere Rush by adding the background image to the project timeline.  

Then, add two (or more) text layovers on the image.  The text layovers should present both your knowledge of the event as well as a unique, humorous perspective that you have developed about the event.  

With the text layovers complete, create a short script that will become the voice-over that will be recorded with the meme in Adobe Rush. The voice-over should focus on clarifying the text layered on top of the image and how the meme exaggerates the event and conveys your understanding through humor. In Adobe Rush, add a voice-over track to the meme where you briefly explain the historical event and how your meme captures both the core theme of the event and your unique perspective.

For more information, follow these steps. Be sure to review the rubric to understand the expectations prior to beginning.

4. Share your modern historical meme as directed by your instructor. (15 minutes)

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' graphics.