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WRITING AN INFORMAL LETTER – GCSE

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Activity 2


Have a think about the people to whom you could write an informal letter to.

Then think about reasons why you would write an informal letter to them.

Fill them in the table below.

 

 People Reason
 Best Friend1. Invitation to a party
2. Tell them about something you’ve done
3. Invite them to come on holiday with you
4. Persuade them to start a new club with you
5. Discuss something you have both done recently
 School friend1. Asking about the project you have to work on
2. Inviting them to tea at your house
3. Get well if they are sick
 Grandparent1. To say thankyou for a gift
2. To ask how they are doing
3. Invite them up to visit
 Other Relatives 1. To say thankyou
2. To invite them to something
3. To organise a family get together
4. To see how they are doing
 Pen Pal1.Ask them about their country
2. Ask them to visit
3. Talk about you going to visit
4. Discuss how difficult learning a new language is

 

After you have mastered the layout of the text, the next important thing is the

content. You need good sentence starters, good use of a variety of techniques

and well thought out points. Aim for variety.

 

Below in the table are some revision points and help.

 Salutation1. This should be relaxed remember you are writing to someone you know.
2. You do not need to include their title e.g Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms or their surname.
3. Address them either by their first name if appropriate e.g Lucy, John, Adam or their position to you e.g Grandpa, Aunt Carol
4. Titles of address:
○ Dear…
○ To…
○ Hello…
○ Hey…
○ Hi…
○ Or simply the persons name e.g Grandma!
 Opening  Lines1. The first line of an informal letter should always enquire after the health of the other person, it is polite and tradition:
○ I hope you are well…
○ How are you?…
2. You can follow this by stating your state of health:
○ How are you doing? I’m doing well.
 Sentence
 Starters
1. These greatly depend on what you are writing about.
2. They don’t need to be formal, avoid starters like: moreover,
furthermore.
3. Some examples could be:
○ Last week I went to…
○ Tomorrow I think I will…
○ Did you hear about?○ Someone told me about…
○ I was reading the other day that…
○ In my city they are…
○ I thought we could…
○ Would you like to…
○ It’s great to hear…
○ I thought I’d write…
 Techniques1. List of 3, Emotive Language
2. Hyperbole, Repetition
3. Rhetorical questions
 Opening
 Paragraph
1. The chance to ask about the other person and tell them how
you are doing.
2. You can also say why you are writing/replying.
 Main
 Paragraphs
1. Order your points coherently and sensibly, make good use of
techniques and vary sentence starters.
2. These will vary depending on what you are writing for.
○ Wish someone well – ask about their illness, discuss
what you could do to help.
○ Inviting someone out – tell them about it, give them
information, hope that they can come.
○ Thanking someone – thank them, tell them how much you
appreciate it.
 Closing
 Paragraph
1. Summarise the point of your letter if you want.
○ Wishing someone well – All the best with everything you
do!
○ Inviting someone out – Anyway I hope to see you there!
○ Thanking someone – Thanks again for the gift it was
lovely!
2. Follow this with an informal sign off.
○ Love from…
○ Best wishes…
○ Yours…
○ Speak to you soon…
○ Hope to see you there…
 Post Script 1. Often following the close of a letter you see P.S (post script)
this is normally something you have forgotten to include in the
letter. It is optional if you want to include this.
○ P.S Don’t forget to tell your Mum!
P.S Please remember to bring the book next time!

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