How to Write a Mailing-Friendly Letter?
Writing a mailing-friendly letter is an important skill to learn. It’s a great way to communicate with friends, family members, and co-workers in a personal, more intimate manner than emails and text messages can offer.
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The first step in writing a mailing-friendly letter is to address it properly. The first part of the letter should include your address, including the street address, city, country, and zip code. This is important to ensure that your letter gets to the right person.
Next, you should include the date of the letter. If your stationery doesn’t come with a printed date, you should write it on the bottom of the page directly under the address.
In addition, if you have any attachments to the letter, you should list them at the bottom. You should also include a signature and use a business font, such as Times New Roman, Futura, Georgia, or Cambria.
The body of the friendly letter should include two to three paragraphs. Each should make one point and have a professional tone. The second and third paragraphs should share news, events or other details that are relevant to the topic.
A final paragraph should end the letter on a positive note, and you may wish to repeat your reason for writing. You can then close the letter by indicating that you look forward to hearing from your friend soon.
Choosing the appropriate words to use in a mailing-friendly letter can be challenging, especially for younger students who are more likely to be shy or have difficulty making decisions about their relationships with others. For this reason, I recommend that teachers provide support and scaffolded materials to help students master the writing of a letter.
First, I teach students to look for specific parts of a friendly letter. This can be done by writing a friendly letter together on chart paper and labeling each part of the letter.
Once the students have identified each part of a friendly letter, I introduce them to a Color Code the Text Activity. In this activity, the teacher reads aloud an anchor text that identifies each part of a friendly letter and students use a marker to highlight those parts of the text.
This helps the student see the structure of the friendly letter and the order in which to write it. It’s a great way to start a unit on friendly letter writing and is a simple but effective teaching strategy.
After the students have mastered identifying each part of a friendly letter, they can complete an exercise in which they color-code the text of a friendly letter using 5 different colors. This is a great extension activity that can be completed in pairs or as a whole class with plenty of time for student discussion and participation.
When it comes to the last part of a friendly letter, the closing is just as important as the rest of the letter. The closing can be formal, casual or intimate in tone, and is based on the relationship between the sender and recipient. Examples of a formal closing would be “Best wishes,” while a more informal ending could be “take care” or “yours.” The final part of a friendly letter should be signed and a postscript, or P.S., may be added at the end to let the reader know that they have received the letter and that there is more information available if they choose to contact you.