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Writing a friendly letter

  1. 1. Writing a FriendlyWriting a FriendlyLetterLetter
  2. 2. Why?Why?Friendly letters conveyFriendly letters conveypersonal information aboutpersonal information aboutourselves.ourselves.They show caring and concernThey show caring and concernfor friends and relations.for friends and relations.Taking the time to hand-writeTaking the time to hand-writea letter demonstrates oura letter demonstrates ourlevel of caringlevel of caring
  3. 3. FormattingFormattingFriendly letters should beFriendly letters should behand written.hand written.Write on the backs ofWrite on the backs ofpages, if necessary.pages, if necessary.
  4. 4. HeadingHeadingThe heading includesThe heading includes youryouraddress and the date.address and the date.Write the heading in theWrite the heading in theupper right-hand corner,upper right-hand corner,about 1” from the top of theabout 1” from the top of thepagepageLine up the leading edges,Line up the leading edges,STOP at the margin lineSTOP at the margin line
  5. 5. 34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Heading
  6. 6. SalutationSalutationUsually begins with the wordUsually begins with the word“Dear” and is followed by the“Dear” and is followed by theperson’s name.person’s name.Place a comma after thePlace a comma after theperson’s name.person’s name.Leave one blank line after theLeave one blank line after theheading.heading.Write the salutation at theWrite the salutation at theleft-hand margin.left-hand margin.
  7. 7. 34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,SalutationSkip one lineSkip two lines
  8. 8. BodyBodyThe thoughts and ideas youThe thoughts and ideas youwant to share.want to share.Skip one line after theSkip one line after thesalutation, then single spacesalutation, then single spaceIndent each new paragraph.Indent each new paragraph.Keep paragraphs short forKeep paragraphs short foreasy reading.easy reading.
  9. 9. 34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,BodyHow are you doing? It’s been a long time since wetalked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot of newactivities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My new studentsare very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!Skip one line
  10. 10. ClosingClosingSkip one line, indent twice.Skip one line, indent twice.Capitalize only the first word.Capitalize only the first word.Follow with a commaFollow with a commaCommon closing words:Common closing words:Love,Love, Sincerely,Sincerely,Your friend, Respectfully,Your friend, Respectfully,Regards, Yours truly,Regards, Yours truly,
  11. 11. 34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,How are you doing? It’s been a long timesince we talked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot ofnew activities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My newstudents are very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,How are you doing? It’s been a long time since wetalked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot of newactivities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My new studentsare very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!Closing Sincerely,Skip one line
  12. 12. SignatureSignatureSignSign your letter beneath youryour letter beneath yourclosing.closing.For friendly letters, your firstFor friendly letters, your firstname is usually enough,name is usually enough,unless the person doesn’tunless the person doesn’tknow you very well.know you very well.
  13. 13. 34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,How are you doing? It’s been a long timesince we talked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot ofnew activities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My newstudents are very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!Sincerely,34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,How are you doing? It’s been a long timesince we talked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot ofnew activities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My newstudents are very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,How are you doing? It’s been a long time since wetalked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot of newactivities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My new studentsare very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!Sincerely,SignatureJake
  14. 14. Post Script (P.S.)Post Script (P.S.)A postscript is an afterthoughtA postscript is an afterthoughtthat you write at the end ofthat you write at the end ofthe letter.the letter.P.S. stand for the Latin wordsP.S. stand for the Latin wordspostpost (“after”) and(“after”) and scriptscript(“writing”).(“writing”).Skip one line after yourSkip one line after yoursignature, then write “P.S. - ”signature, then write “P.S. - ”at the margin.at the margin.
  15. 15. 34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,How are you doing? It’s been a long timesince we talked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot ofnew activities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My newstudents are very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!Sincerely,Jake34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,How are you doing? It’s been a long timesince we talked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot ofnew activities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My newstudents are very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!Sincerely,34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,How are you doing? It’s been a long timesince we talked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot ofnew activities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My newstudents are very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!34 Willow WayLincoln, RI 02865October 1, 2002Dear Jen,Sincerely,JakeP.S. P.S. – Be sure to send me a picture of your new cat!How are you doing? It’s been a long time since wetalked. I hope you are well.What is new with you? I’ve been doing a lot of newactivities. My band is playing a gig this Saturday,actually. We’re pretty good; I think it’s going to be a goodshow. I’m very excited!School has been going well, too. My new studentsare very nice, and very smart. I think we’regoing to have a fun year.I hope to hear from you soon!
  16. 16. And now you!!!!And now you!!!!Once you have jottedOnce you have jotteddown your ideas, you aredown your ideas, you areready to mail it.ready to mail it.

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