This worksheet supports the Healthy Kids Kit Diary and encourages children to write an informal letter to a friend or relative and tell them about how they have leant to make healthy choices. This worksheet is useful for embedding the healthy message into a literacy lesson.
To write an informal letter, handwritten is considered warmer and more personal, but sometimes they can be typed on a keyboard. Think about why you're sending the letter, use a salutation/body/closing format, check spelling and grammar and double check it before it's sent. An easy way to do this is to pretend you are the person getting it and imagine what they might think of it.
In an exam you can be asked to write in a variety of styles and being prepared for each one is a good way of ensuring you achieve as high a grade as possible. It is easy to become confused over exactly how to set about writing a letter, as there are so many things to consider and rules to adhere to, especially when writing a formal letter.
Writing an Informal Letter :
- There is certainly less pressure when writing an informal letter to someone you know, for example, including an address isn't necessary though it is probably a good idea to include it in case the person receiving the letter can't remember your address.
- The most common greeting is still, "Dear" though it would be followed by an informal use of the person's first name.
- In the main body of the letter, informal language can be common, but remember to include information that is necessary to the purpose of the letter. Despite the fact that this is an informal letter, when being marked on writing styles in an exam you need to ensure you keep to the structure expected in a letter - so still make sure your letter reads in a clear manner and relevant information has been included.
- As with any letter, or piece of writing, spelling and punctuation is important to get right so you don't loose any unnecessary marks!
- Its important to end an informal letter, though there are many acceptable ways of doing this, some examples being, "Thanks", "Yours truly" or even "Love from" - depending on who you are writing the letter to and your relationship with that person.