Old School Friendly Letter

I can’t think of a person I know that wouldn’t enjoy opening a friendly letter.  A thoughtful gesture and sweetly appreciated, letter writing is becoming a lost art.  Email, texting and social media are taking its place but not replacing it.  It’s still unique and heart-warming to tear open an envelope and hold a letter in your hand.

My campers consistently enjoy writing letters!  I haven’t had a single camper that couldn’t think of someone to write to.  Grandparents, cousins, friends far away, friends close by, Mom, Dad, sibling.  They can always think of someone.

This prompt can certainly be written ANY time of year, but what better time to write a letter to a valued person than on Valentine’s Day!

To get a full understanding on how I conduct each writing lesson you may want to read the Writing Prompts Introduction post.  The lesson outlined below (and all other prompts posted) will make more sense and be easier to follow and use.  Here’s the lined paper I use for Grades K-2 and Grades 2-7

Here are the steps for this lesson!

  1. Tell the students the storyline: “You’re going to write a friendly letter to anyone you care about.”
  2. Explain to them that asking questions is an integral part of letter writing. It expresses interest in the other person and also elicits a letter in response for continued dialogue.  Have the students think of questions they can ask the person in their letter.

Now to write!

3. Begin by writing the date on the first line on the right side of the page.

4. Skip a line.

5. Write the greeting on the 3rd line, left side (Dear Capital Letters and a comma).

6. Skip a line.

7. Write the introductory paragraph on the next line, left side.  In your own words, write, “Hello!  How are you?” and ask 1-3 questions.

8. Write the main idea and purpose of the letter. “In your own words, write:  “I wanted to write a letter to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!”  Tell the person why they’re important to you.

9. Write a short story about a time you were with the person.  “Do you remember when…?  It made me laugh so hard…

10. Write the conclusion that wishes the friend well,  “I hope you’re doing well, I can’t wait to see you again…

11. Write the salutation under the body of the letter and centered.  Your Friend, Your Buddy, Your Neighbor, Your Daughter etc.

12. Write your name UNDER the salutation.

Here’s the full lesson for you to print out and use.

For the border, the students can add any one or more of the Valentine’s Day art accents.  Also, have the children put a stamp on an envelope and write their name where the return address belongs.  The children take it home.  The parents decide whether or not they can send it.  I’ve found that putting the stamp on the envelope increases the chances of the letter being sent a GREAT DEAL!

Here are some examples of students’ Valentine’s Day letters:

GAMES that we played following this lesson:

Correct the Paragraph

Answer.Question-Speaking Version

Answer.Question-Writing Version

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