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Write a lead sentence for your story.

It should contain the Who, What, When, Where and maybe How.

Example: Four-thousand Florida high schoolers marched in Tallahassee Wednesday to protest gun violence.

Ideally, the lead should be in active case: Subject, verb, object. Who did what to whom or to what.



Write the body of your story.It should tell what local people did and why they did it. Ideally, it should have quotes from participants. The people quoted should be fully identified with names, their roles in the event, where they are from, and, if relevant, their ages.



Write a summary paragraph containing what the story means to the reader and what can be expected in the future.

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