Letter Writing:Friendly Letters Mrs. Davis’ 5th Grade Language Arts Classes Council Traditional School
Friendly Letters:PURPOSE • To whom would you write a FRIENDLY letter? …your grandmother? …your teacher? …your state senator? …your president? …your cousin? …a company from which you’d like some information?
Friendly Letters:PARTS • There are 5 parts of a friendly letter: 1) heading (date), 2) greeting / salutation, 3) body, 4) closing, and 5) signature
Friendly Letters:HEADING Format The HEADING (the date) goes at the upper, right-hand corner of your letter. HEADING
Friendly Letters:GREETING Format The GREETING (the person to whom you are writing) goes at the left-hand side, 2 lines below the heading. GREETING All words in your greeting should be capitalized, AND you should add a comma after the greeting! DO NOT indent the greeting!
Friendly Letters:BODY Format The BODY is where you write your message. Be sure to indent all paragraphs. BODY
Friendly Letters:CLOSING Format The CLOSING goes at the lower, right-hand corner of your letter, 2 lines below your body. ONLY the FIRST word in your closing should be capitalized, AND you should add a comma after the closing! CLOSING
Friendly Letters:SIGNATURE Format The SIGNATURE goes 2 lines below your closing. It should be a CURSIVE signature SIGNATURE
Friendly Letters:SAMPLE Format April 5, 2008 Dear Susan, Thank you so much for coming to my party on Saturday . I had a great time, and I hope you did, too. Next time you come over, we’ll swim in the pool some more. Your friend, Beth Notice COMMA placement!
POP QUIZ TIME! Identify each numbered part of the friendly letter! 3 5 1 2 4
POP QUIZ TIME! Answers: • Body • Closing • Heading • Signature • Greeting 3 5 1 2 4
POP QUIZ TIME! 6. What parts of the letter need a comma? • How are the greeting and closing capitalized differently? • How many parts does a friendly letter have? • What is the last thing you write in a friendly letter? • What parts of the letter are indented?
Need Practice? Try this online resource: www.abcya.com/friendly_letter_maker.htm