Write a Letter and Make Someone's Day Better
- Created by: Logan West Kids @ LCCL
Life is bearable when you have someone to write, and someone who writes you back. Even if it's just one person.
In our digital age with instant messaging, rapid replies and pop-up notifications the art of writing a letter can seem old fashioned. Letter writing is a simple exercise that promotes community connections while improving English writing skills.
Principals of letter writing
- Start with a recipient - who are you sending the letter to?
- Choose the style of your letter; is it a thank you, welcome, descriptive, funny story or friendship letter?
- Think about what you want to write.
- Start writing. Don't forget to ask some questions so that you get a reply letter!
- End with a parting - goodbye or write back soon.
- Grab an envelope, and a stamp. Ask a parent or guardian to help you find the correct address for postage.
Basic letter writing format
- Salutation / greeting.
- Introduce yourself, if needed.
- Fill the bulk of your letter with information, questions, discussion or stories.
- Don't forget to ask how the letter recipient is doing / feeling.
- End with a parting such as best wishes, with love or write back soon.
Five ideas for letter writing
If you want to challenge yourself why not write a letter to a relative you don't see often. Tell them about your week or what you plan to do on the weekend.
You could tell them about your pets, or the birds that sing in your garden or what you can smell cooking in the kitchen.
You could even write to your sports coach or a music tutor. Tell them about a book you have read, a new recipe you have tried or a game you have enjoyed playing.
Why not write a letter to your school newsletter, local newspaper?
You could review a new toy, game, food or pet. You could even write about a topic that you are passionate about such as sport, the environment or health.
Why not write a letter to your local council member telling them what you love about the area in which you live.
Suggest something that could make it better, such as new park equipment.
Get Some Inspiration from Logan City Council Libraries
- Learn more at Britannica Kids (have your library card handy to log in)
More Online Inspiration
Dear Australia - Australia Post
Australia Post has "created a national letterbox where, from now until 18 August, you can write a letter to share your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. We're working with the National Archives of Australia, where eligible Dear Australia letters will be kept for future generations."
Library Pen Pal Programs - United States of America
"With communities across the country [USA] social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, many people of all ages are struggling to stay connected. With that in mind, several libraries have created pen pal programs to encourage local residents to get in touch."