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Serial story: “Hurricane”

This eight-chapter story by Eric Douglas takes place on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. It follows two young girls and their friends as they prepare for a hurricane that’s about to hit their community.

Suitable for ages 6 to 9, “Hurricane!” comes with a teacher’s guide linked to Common Core State Standards.

Illustrations are not provided for this serial story. NIE programs are welcome to provide their own, perhaps by inviting local young readers to create them.

Download everything you need for this serial story free from our site. But first, you must read and agree to our rules for publication.

Terms of use

This serial story is provided to you at no cost. However, there are some basic rules you must follow:

  • NewText is provided for eight chapters (Word document in English).
  • The serial may run in the newspaper as long as it appears for eight or fewer consecutive weeks. It also may be run on consecutive days.
  • The serial expires on June 30, 2015. All installments must be completed on or before that date.
  • NIE programs may use the serial story throughout the year.
  • The serial may be suspended during winter and/or spring breaks.
  • Design of the serial is up to each individual newspaper or NIE program. It has not been formatted by the American Press Institute because newspapers use different sizes and configurations for serials.
  • The story has been minimally edited and does not conform to Associated Press style.
  • Each chapter and any promo ads must include the American Press Institute logo.
  • Sponsor logos for each chapter are permitted, with the exception of any of the “sin” industries – tobacco, alcohol, etc. NIE programs using this serial are responsible for meeting all AAM sponsorship guidelines.
  • The serial may not be posted on NIE or newspaper websites unless they are secure, password-protected sites. The serial may be printed out and sent to teachers. The serial may not be sent electronically, as it is intended to be an in-newspaper feature.
  • A teacher’s guide is provided. It may be printed out, sent electronically or posted on NIE or newspaper websites.
  • Each chapter must be credited to Eric Douglas.
  • There are no illustrations provided for this story.

By downloading or using this story you submit that you have read and understood all of the rules, terms and conditions set forth above, and you agree to be bound by them. You represent and warrant that you are authorized to execute this agreement for the legal entity on whose behalf you are accepting the terms of this agreement.


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