ELA 3: Writing a Friendly Letter

Today we'll learn about writing a friendly letter. It's just like writing an angry letter except without the anger. And it's to someone you like. And you don't spit on it before sending it to the person. Okay we guess it's not much like an angry letter at all...

3rd GradeLanguage Arts
Elementary and Middle School3rd Grade
LanguageEnglish Language

Transcript

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And…how do you even begin to write a letter?

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Is there some sort of letter fairy who shows up outside your bedroom window and whispers [Boy sleeping and letter fairy appears at the window]

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the first few brilliant words into your ear?

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Sadly, no.

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But don’t stress.

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Writing a letter is actually quite simple, as long as we know…and follow…the rules.

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First, we start by writing the date in the upper right hand corner. [Arrow points to date in a letter]

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Easy enough.

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Second, we write our salutation.

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A salutation is a greeting.

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We might start with “Dear “blank”…and no, we don’t actually write “blank.”

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We’d fill it in with the name of the person we’re writing to.

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Or…we could write “To “blank”” or “Dearest “blank”” or “My mortal

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enemy “blank””, depending on how we want to address the recipient of our letter.

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Then comes the body of our letter.

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Most of the time we’ll want to start with a question directed to the person we’re [Boy sitting at a table and arrow points to question]

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writing to.

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Like…if we were writing to our grandmother, we might write:

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“Dear Grandma, How have you been lately?

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I hope you’ve been healthy and happy.”

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Depending on the state of her eyesight, don’t forget that we may need to write a bit bigger [Grandma reads a letter]

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than usual…

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We also might want to tell the person we’re writing to what we’ve been doing lately.

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We could write: “I’ve been doing well in school.

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I’m in 3rd grade now, and we’re learning all about writing letters.”

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It conveys some information, and it’s certainly a true story…

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When we’re finished with the body of our letter, we should always wrap things up with [Batman grabs letter from post office]

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a kind thought…unless we’re writing to our sworn enemy, of course.

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Something like:: “I hope you are having a great week, and

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I hope to hear from you soon!”

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Yeah…always guilt ‘em into writing your back.

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And don’t forget that we need to sign our name at the bottom.

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Grandma is confused enough as it is… [Grandma approaches post office desk]