2. Letter Writing, Emails and Postcards

Letters

Letter Writing/ Emails and Postcards

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What is it?  There are many different ways people communicate with each other. Sometimes people write letters. They can write friendly letters to friends and their family or formal letters to invite or complain about something.

A friendly letter (or informal letter) is a way of communicating between two people (sometimes more) who already know each other. Emails and postcards tend to be shorter in length than letters. Email can be sent and received instantly all over the world, whereas postcards can take weeks to arrive at their destination.

Purpose?   There are many uses and reasons for writing a friendly letter but friendly letters will usually consist of topics on a personal level. Friendly letters can either be printed or hand-written. They are written; to complain, to invite someone, to recount an event, to apologise or to send information.

Examples: Go the to website above to look through some examples.

Resources & Games:

BBC Writing a letter

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Mr Crammond has examples of letters, emails and postcards.You can even type and print your own for free!

http://mrcrammond.com/Writing/writingfun.swf

Letter examples for teachers and parents

Emails: These are like mini letters.See the picture and click on the link below.

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Facts on letter writing plus games-BBC Kids

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Letter Writing-Interactive Game

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Write your own letter and print it!

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Postcards

What is it? A small cardboard type mini letter

Purpose? Postcards are usually send to someone while you are on a holiday to tell them about your holiday ( it is a type of recount).Sometimes postcards are used like cards to say ‘hello’ to someone you know.

Examples:Postcard

Resources & Games:

Write your own postcard game

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Another example:

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Learn how to read and write letters, postcards, emails and e-cards with Arthur!

http://pbskids.org/arthur/games/letterwriter/postcard.html

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Make your own postcard HERE

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Another letter writing game

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Try more literacy games on TOPMARKS website

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