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WRITING LETTERS. Are you sure you know how?. Why would we want to send letters?. There are no due dates – you can send them whenever you wish! It’s fun to get letters in return!. Plus…. When you get a letter you can read it anytime and enjoy it over and over again!.

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why would we want to send letters
Why would we want to send letters?
  • There are no due dates –

you can send them

whenever you wish!

  • It’s fun to get letters

in return!

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Plus…
  • When you get a letter

you can read it anytime

and enjoy it over and

over again!

friendly letters
Friendly Letters
  • There are basic parts to a

friendly letter!

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Heading
  • Salutation (Greeting)
  • Body
  • Closing
  • Signature
heading
HEADING
  • The heading includes your address and the date. Write the heading in the upper right-hand corner, about an inch from the top of the page.
salutation greeting
Salutation (Greeting)
  • The salutation is a way of saying hello to the person you are writing to. It usually begins with the word “Dear” and is followed by the person’s name. Place a comma after the person’s name. Write the salutation at the left-hand margin, two lines below the heading.
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Body
  • The body of the letter contains the thoughts and ideas you want to share. Begin writing on the second line after the salutation. Keep the paragraphs short for easy reading.
closing
Closing
  • The closing is a way of saying good-bye. Write your closing two lines below the body of the letter. Capitalize only the first word and follow the closing with a comma. Typical closings are
    • Love, Respectfully,
    • Sincerely, Regards,
    • Your friend,
signature
Signature
  • The signature is the final part of a friendly letter. Write it beneath the closing. Your first name is usually enough, unless the person you are writing to doesn’t know you very well.
but wait
But Wait!!!
  • There’s more!!!
  • What about a

. . ?

postscript
Postscript
  • A Postscript is an afterthought that you

write at the end of a friendly letter.

The letters P.S. stand for

the Latin words post

(meaning “after” and

script (meaning “write”).

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1600 W. Queen Creek Rd.

Chandler, AZ 85286

March 23, 2010

Dear Name,

****************************************

**********************************************

****************************************

****************************

Sincerely,

Your name

business letters
Business Letters
  • Business letters follow a different form as you can see on the next slide.
  • But do you know what you add to the format of a friendly letter?
  • That’s right – the inside address to the person that you are writing.
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1600 W. Queen Creek Rd.

Chandler, AZ 85286

September 5, 2010

Name of person the letter is being sent to

Street

City, State Zip

Dear Sir:

********(single space between lines in the body) *************

********(Do NOT indent paragraphs)********************

************************************************

******** double space between paragraphs) ****************

*******************************************

Respectfully,

Your Name

the first thing we need to do is brainstorm
The first thing we need to do is brainstorm…

What do we want to include in this letter?

  • Introduction of yourself
  • Questions you might have
the return address
The return address…

This goes in the upper left hand corner of the front of the envelope. It should include a complete address so that the letter can be returned if necessary.

return address
Return Address

Sam Student

12345 S. Main St.

Chandler, AZ 85286

the address
The address…

The name and address of the recipient should be centered on the envelope. Make sure the address begins far enough down on the face of the envelope so that it will not be covered by the cancellation.

an example
An example…
  • Ms. Abigail SmithWalmart Home Office702 SW 8th StreetBentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611
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Sam Student

12345 S. Main St.

Chandler, AZ 85286

Ms. Abigail SmithWal-Mart Home Office 702 SW 8th Street Bentonville, Arkansas 72716-8611