Argument Remix with Adobe Premiere Rush

Students create a 2- to 3-minute mash-up video to visualize their argument

About This Strategy

This 5-hour strategy provides students the skills to create an Adobe Premier Rush video with particular attention given to concepts of time, context and order. The video uses a mash-up aesthetic of appropriated footage to argue a point-of-view on a socio-political issue. This strategy is best used when preceded with the "Argument Proof" strategy, which supports  students in developing their argument and thesis statements, which are the subject of their mash-up  films.  

Adobe Rush empowers students to create professional videos using intuitive software. This strategy can be adapted for use with Adobe Spark Video.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Premiere Rush
  • Adobe Spark Video 
  • Editable Resource Bundle
  • PDF Resource Bundle 

Outline for Teachers

300 minutes

Thesis Review. 

This strategy is best used when preceded with the strategy, "Argument Proof" , which assists students in the process of culling information to develop an argument and thesis statement, the subject of their mash-up  films. Students start by reading, reflecting and revising their draft thesis statement into a final copy. An example can be seen here.  (30 minutes)

Fair Use. 

Students discuss within class, in pairs or with a digital partner, copyright, fair use and creative commons rules. A brief guidance summary on selecting and using media can be found here. (30 minutes)


Review the project rubric to establish clear expectations. Students begin to gather visual content applicable to their socio-political issues for their videos. Content may range from creative commons video, still images and audio to appropriated footage from YouTube as seen in the student example. (60 minutes)


Students compile their research and visual materials and begin editing. This step can occur as a class workshop day or outside of class. Students can examine an example here, and read a tutorial here.  (150 minutes)


Students share their work and have it critiqued by the class. 

Steps for Students

Using Adobe Premiere Rush, you will create a 2- to 3-minute mash-up video to visualize your argument. Based on a thesis statement related to your chosen socio-political topic, you will select appropriate footage in order to remix existing materials to make a new message. 

Adobe Rush empowers you to create professional videos that reflect your voice.


1.You are starting with a draft argument and thesis statement, which will be finalized as part of our first step. 

If needed, use the “Argument Proof” strategy to guide you in culling information to develop your argument and thesis statement. 

Read, reflect  and if needed revise your draft thesis statement into a final copy. An example can be seen here  (30 minutes)

2. Participate in a class discussion of copyright, fair use and creative commons, or research and review guidelines provided by your teacher. It is best to draw on open-source, creative commons, and fair use media when possible. A brief guidance summary on selecting and using media can be found here. (30 minutes)

3. Review the project rubric to familiarize yourself with the work product expectations, and follow the following expectations:

  • Include a minimum of 5 components within your Adobe Premiere Rush video. 

  • Create a  2 to 3-minute video that argues a clear thesis statement.  

  • Develop a title that encompasses the video’s central argument. 

  • Organize the clips and transitions to clearly articulate your statement much like you would do when developing a paper. 

  • Select and use visuals that are related and amplify the meaning of the thesis statement.

  • Make a credits page which includes a work cited for your visual or textual sources.

Check out this student sample here, note the content the student selected to support their thesis argument and how they significantly altered news clips and commercials. Gather content to visually support your argument. Video screen captures can be made via QuickTime Player on an Apple or using this technique on a PC.  A good rule of thumb is to gather 1.5x the footage you need for your final video.  (75 minutes)

4. Open Adobe Premiere Rush and create your video. It is important to consider the following when editing: 

  • Much like writing a paper, how does the order of the visual content support your thesis statement?

  • How can  you use the clip order and the speed or length of various clips to accentuate your argument?

  • How have your maintained visual continuity within your video?

  • Would someone comprehend your argument from solely watching the video? 

If you need a quick tutorial on how to use Adobe Premiere Rush, go here.  (2.5 hours)

5. Share your Adobe Premiere Rush video as directed by your instructor and get peer and instructor feedback.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric to evaluate students' videos.