Friendly Letter Template

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

In a world where electronic communication is prevalent, there may seem to be little place for letter writing. A friendly letter, however, is something all students can use, whether it is written on paper or in an e-mail. This template can assist you in teaching your students to write a friendly letter.

Friendly Letters

The format for a friendly letter is a tried and true formula that has been used for casual communication for years. While we often communicate in short bursts of information, such as text messages and social media posts, there is still a place for a grammatically accurate, well-spelled, properly formatted friendly letter. This format can be applied to both paper and electronic communication. Use this template to teach your students the components of a friendly letter.

The Pieces of a Friendly Letter

The Date

In a friendly letter, the date is written on the upper right-hand corner of the letter. The date can be written in a couple of different ways:

  • Written out: January 12, 2019
  • Numeric form: 1/12/19

Note: If you are writing a friendly letter in an e-mail, you can omit the date, as the e-mail will already have a time stamp.

The Salutation

Skip a line after the date, then write the salutation on the left-hand side of the letter. The salutation tells who will receive the letter. Most friendly letters begin with ''Dear'' and then list the name of the recipient. Both the ''Dear'' and the name should be capitalized, and the name should be followed by a comma, like this:

  • Dear Aunt Judy,
  • Dear Saul,

The Body

Skip a line after the salutation, then begin to write your letter. The body of the letter should include paragraphs made of complete sentences and containing topic sentences, detail sentences, and concluding sentences. A friendly letter can be one paragraph or several paragraphs, depending on what you want to say. Be sure to use good grammar and spelling in your letter!

The topics in the body of a friendly letter can be anything the writer thinks will interest the recipient. Remember, a friendly letter is meant to be an informal communication sharing something with a person you know.

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