A letter is a form of written communication between two people.
Why would I write a letter?
Although the invention of other technology, such as mobile phones and email, has meant that letter writing is far less popular and frequent, it can still add a personal touch to communication that is important to teach younger children. Here are some examples of when you may write a letter that you can use in writing exercises:
- Job Application: Formal or business-related letters could include job applications such as a resume and cover letter. In these circumstances, writers write in a formal tone of voice as the writer often doesn’t know the recipient of the letter personally. These may become more relevant to older students in middle school and above.
- Keeping in touch with older relatives: Letter writing can be a lovely way to stay in touch with people who remember when letter writing was more popular. So take some time in your class to write a letter to each student’s neighbor, grandparent, mum, dad, or carer to tell them what they have been up to and how much they appreciate them.
- Thank you letter: A thank you letter is also a great way to encourage children’s emotional development, as it’s essential to teach kids to be grateful and appreciative.
- Writing home or to a friend on holiday: While students spend time away from the classroom, they can often miss the social connections and bonds they’ve made in school. Writing can, therefore, be a fun and creative way for children to keep in touch with their classmates. Check out our seasonal and holiday-related letter templates that can help students develop their writing skills and share fun holiday memories while they’re away from the classroom.
What are the types of a letter?
There are many types of letters that children can learn about. These can broadly be sorted into two categories, formal and informal. Formal letters are written and sent to people you don’t have a personal connection with. These can be sent for different reasons, for example, to complain about something, to give or ask for information, or to make an appointment.
On the other hand, informal letters are most often written to people you know, such as friends and family. For example, sending a postcard telling someone about your holiday, saying thank you for a birthday present, or writing to friends or family who might live a long way from you. Narrative letters are also considered informal.