Welcome to Projectable Lessons from The Writing Diner! Teach your students how to use interesting leads in a piece of writing. This lesson focuses on the big potato lead. It explicitly and clearly teaches students how to use the big potato lead (an idea from Barry Lane) as one way to begin a piece of writing. The lesson includes a writing sample so that students can see the big potato lead effectively used in context. This lesson is part of a series of lessons that will help students create effective leads for their writing and will also help them to become active thinkers while independently writing. The lesson is connected to the book, The Writing Diner, by Tim Hargis.