This bundle includes a handout illustrating for students strategies to craft captivating leads in their information writing. It also includes a mentor text that demonstrates three different lead options. This mentor text can be used as a close read to study the important components of information writing including introductions, organized paragraphs, text features, various information types (facts, quotes, statistics, etc.), and an effective conclusion. It can be used as a demonstration in a mini-lesson, an opportunity for genre study, and can be printed out for students to insert into writer's notebooks as a resource.