Parts of a Friendly Letter

Parts of a Friendly Letter      

In this phase of tutorial for beginners, learners are expected to learn the ways and means of “Parts of a Friendly Letter” What a “Letter” means.?  What are the “Parts of a  Letter”?.  How to write “ Friendly Letter”?.

This lesson teaches students the five parts of a friendly letter. Students will be able to write friendly letters.

I. Objectives: After this lesson the students would be able to;

            1. Name the parts of a letter

            2. Define and label parts of a letter

            3. Write a friendly letter

II. Subject Matter:  Parts of a Friendly Letter

            Materials: 1. Friendly letter Samples

     2. Activity sheets, Whiteboard markers

III. Developmental Activities

A. Pre Activity/ Warm up

Teacher will model parts of a letter with corresponding body parts.

            – Heading is the head

            –  Greeting is the mouth

            -Body is the stomach

            – Closing is the knee

            – Signature is the toes

Students will stand and as teacher calls out the parts of a letter the students will touch the correct body part.

B. Activity Proper

            1. Motivation

            Show example of a friendly letter to the class.

            2. Presentation

            On the board write “Parts of a Friendly Letter”

3. Discussion

3.1 Discuss each part of the letter using the model below. Allow students to ask questions as the discussion goes on.

1. HEADING: Includes the address and the date. In some cases, it is OK to just write the date.

2. GREETING: The greeting usually starts with ‘Dear’ and is followed the person’s name and then a comma.

3. BODY: After skipping a line, you begin the body of your letter which is the main text of your letter. Indent for each new paragraph.

4. CLOSING: The closing includes a short capitalized expression such as ‘Sincerely’ or ‘Love’ and is followed by a comma. Skip a line after the body before writing your closing.

5. SIGNATURE: You sign your name beginning directly below the closing.

Sometimes you may add a POSTSCRIPT at the end of your letter. You write P.S., add a note and then end it with your initials.

3.2 What kind of things might you write in your friendly letter?

  1. Tell your friend about something fun you recently did.
  2. Congratulate your friend on a job well done for a recent accomplishment.
  3. Ask you friend some questions. (What is your favorite color? Do you have any pets? Do you play sports? etc.)
  4. Share about a place you visited.
  5. Ask for advice.
  6. Tell about a book you’ve just read that you think your friend would also enjoy.

3.3 Remember to always use your best handwriting so your friend can read your letter. Use proper punctuation, spelling and grammar. Follow the ‘Golden Rule’ of letter writing: Write only the types of things that you would like to receive in a letter.

            4. Generalization

            Ask: Name the five parts of a letter.

IV. Evaluation

            Label each part of a letter.

V. Assignment/ Homework

            Assign students to write a friendly letter. The letters will be checked for the heading, greeting, body, closing and signature. The letters will be assessed for correct capitalization on, punctuation, spelling and grammar.

Activity Sheets

Group Activity 1

Please answer these questions.

1. A letter has _________________________parts.

2. In the _________________________, you write your name.

3. You say “hello” or greet your friend in the _________________________.

4. You say “good-by in the _________________________.

5. The place where you write your message is called the_______________________.

6. Be sure to include your name and address so your recipient can write back! You

include this information and the date in the____________________________.

Group Activity 2

Write the salutation for a letter to each of the following:

1. Your father
2. Your friend
3. Your pastor
4. Your sister or brother
5. Your aunt

1. ____________________________________

2. ____________________________________

3. ____________________________________

4. ____________________________________

5. ____________________________________

Group Activity 3

Read the letter below and answer the questions that follow;

 (Heading) this actually should begin at the center of the page
             300 South Drive
             Irving, TX 75062
             December 8, 20__

Dear Edward,

(Body) notice the indention
     We have a new pet, Max. He is a black and white border collie. He has brown eyes and his little nose is still pink. Because he is just a puppy, he sleeps most of the time. In a few months he can play ball with us! We can’t wait to show him to you and Aunt Mary and Uncle Bill.

(Closing) this and the signature should begin at the center, too
             Your friend,

In the heading, please circle all the words that begin with a capital letter.

In the salutation, circle the words that begin with a capital letter.

In the body, circle all words that begin with capitals.

In the closing, circle the word(s) that begin with a capital. (What do you notice?)


In the signature, why do you think that word is capitalized?



Please find and number the five parts of a letter.

In the body of the letter, please cross out the beginning word of each sentence. What do you notice about each?



Friendly Letter Samples

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