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Leads n Leads are magic flashlights that shine down through a story showing the Leads n Leads are magic flashlights that shine down through a story showing the writer what to put in and what to leave out. –John Mc. Phee

Types of Leads Big Potato Leads n Snapshot Leads n Talking Leads n Thinking Types of Leads Big Potato Leads n Snapshot Leads n Talking Leads n Thinking Leads n Misleading Leads n Set-up Leads n

Big Potato Leads Jump into the middle of your story and leave the reader Big Potato Leads Jump into the middle of your story and leave the reader wanting more. n Ex. Every so often that dead dog dreams me up again. n – Dog Heaven n Stephanie Vaughn Ex. And suddenly everything stops. – Runa Alison James

Snapshot Leads Create a picture in the reader’s mind. n Ex. The doorman of Snapshot Leads Create a picture in the reader’s mind. n Ex. The doorman of the Kilmarnock was six foot two. He wore a pale blue uniform, and white gloves made his hands look enormous. He opened the door of the yellow taxi as gently as an old maid stroking a cat. n – Smart Alec Kill Raymond Chandler

Talking Leads Starting with a line or two of dialogue. n Ex. “Where is Talking Leads Starting with a line or two of dialogue. n Ex. “Where is Papa going with that ax? ” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. n – Charlotte’s Web E. B. White

Thinking Leads Starting with a thought inside a character or for the reader. n Thinking Leads Starting with a thought inside a character or for the reader. n Ex. As a boy, I never knew where my mother was from—where she was born, who her parents were. n – The Color of Water James Mc. Bride

Misleading Leads Sets up expectations, then surprises the reader. n Ex. I would like Misleading Leads Sets up expectations, then surprises the reader. n Ex. I would like to die peacefully in my sleep like my grandfather, not terrified and screaming like the other people in the car. n – Prairie Home Companion Keillor Garrison

Set-up leads n n Set-up the action for the whole story in a few Set-up leads n n Set-up the action for the whole story in a few sentences. Ex. This blind man, an old friend of my wife’s, he was on his way to spend the night…I wasn’t enthusiastic about his visit. He was no one I knew. And his being blind bothered me. My idea of blindness came from the movies, the blind moved slowly and never laughed. Sometimes they were led by seeing-eye dogs. A blind man in my house was not something I looked forward to. – Cathedral Raymond Carver

Which one? n If you really want to hear about it, the first thing Which one? n If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood looked like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t like going into it, if you want to know the truth. – Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

Which one? n It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their Which one? n It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister that you could ever imagine, they still think he or she is wonderful. – Matilda Roald Dahl

Which one? n n It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man Which one? n n It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. However little known the feelings or views of such a man may be on his first entering a neighbourhood, this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters. – Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

Group Work n 1. Write title and author of book. n 2. Write first Group Work n 1. Write title and author of book. n 2. Write first 1 -2 sentences of book. n 3. Tell what type of lead it is and explain why it is that type.

n Come up with topics for an argumentative essay. Brainstorm support for each. n n Come up with topics for an argumentative essay. Brainstorm support for each. n Write a lead using one of the types for each topic. Label which type it is.