Letter Writing

Use this guide when teaching students how to write letters.

Why teach letter writing?

The ability to compose a letter allows students to practice their communication skills by thinking about their intended audience. After identifying the recipient of a letter, students will need to select the best way to convey their message in order to receive the intended result.

Types of letter writing

  • Argumentative
  • Point of View
  • Friendly letter

Use this template to teach different parts of a letter:

Your address
At the top of your letter, you will put your address, so the reader will know where to send their reply to.

Date
Put the date on which the letter was written in the format Month Day Year i.e. June, 7, 2014.

Greeting
This is how you will address the individual that the letter is being sent to. This is most commonly done in the form of “Dear”

Introduction
The first paragraph or sentence will generally outline the purpose for the letter and the reason that the letter is being sent. This will set the tone for the rest of the letter.

Body
The body of the letter will expand upon the introductory sentence or paragraph. The writer can extend their thoughts and feelings in order to further their point.

Closing
In the closing of the letter, the individual will close the letter and finish any thoughts that have been mentioned. Some suggestions for closing the letter include: yours truly, sincerely, many thanks or love.  The closing depends on the individual you are writing to and the purpose of the letter.

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