1. Write a topic on the board and brainstorm as many leads as you can.


  1. Share a short article, report, or story from which you’ve removed the introductory paragraph. Ask students to make up one.


  1. Have students write 3 different introductions for an essay assignment. Have groups identify the ones they like best and tell the writer


  1. Bring in a stack of books (6-10) with good paragraphs, some with ho-hum ones and read them aloud. Have students tell you which stack to put them in. Make a list of tips and strategies that make the good ones


  1. In pairs, have students interview each other for five minutes. Then, have them pull out the most intriguing detail and use it to write an introduction about the person. Read results aloud and compare them to a few biographical leads from