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Friendly/Business Letter Poster
Congratulations on your purchase of the Really
Friendly letters—especially those written to people
Good Stuff® Friendly/Business Letter Poster.
you are closest to—don’t always need to include
each and every part previously listed. But a friendly
Inside this Really Good Stuff® set you’ll find:
letter written to someone you don’t really know
Friendly/Business Letter Poster
should include all five parts.
• This Really Good Stuff® Activity Guide
The Friendly Letter
Friendly letters are usually written to share stories
and information with people we know, such as friends
and family members. They can also be written to
people we know only a little or not at all, but whom
we like and admire a lot. This kind of friendly letter is
called a “fan letter.”
There are five basic parts to a friendly letter:
1. The Heading—this part includes your street
address, your city, state, zip code, and the date.
The heading is located in the upper right-hand
corner of the paper.
2. The Greeting—this is the letter’s greeting. It
appears below the heading and begins at the left-
hand margin of the paper. It usually begins with
“Dear” and is followed by the person’s name you
are writing to, followed by a comma.
3. The Body—is the main portion of the letter. Here
is where you convey information and ideas in
paragraph form. The body is also the place where
you ask questions.
Another type of friendly letter is called a “social
4. The Closing—is the letter’s good-bye. These
note.” A social note contains a very short message
words, found near the right-hand margin and
such as a quick greeting, an invitation to a
directly below the heading, are followed by a
gathering, or a thank you for a gift or a kindness.
comma. Only the first word of a closing is
Social notes are sometimes written on post cards,
capitalized. You might close a letter with
decorated papers or on note cards. Social notes
“Sincerely yours,” or “Best wishes,” or “Your friend.”
don’t usually include a heading, but do include a
5. The Signature—is the last part of the friendly
date, a greeting, a brief message (body), a closing
letter. It can include your first and last names, or
and a signature. Invitations sometimes include an
just your first name.
R.S.V.P. These letters stand for “répondez s’il vous
plaît.” In French, this means “Please reply.”
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Really Good Stuff® Activity Guide
Friendly/Business Letter Poster
The Business Letter
We write business letters to ask for information so
we can get something done or to solve a problem. We
also use business letters to offer opinions, to
persuade someone to act in our best interest or to
convey information.
Types of Business Letters
Some of the most common types of business
letters include:
• Letters of Request or Inquiry—In this type of
letter, the writer is trying to locate information to
solve a problem or learn more about a topic.
• Letters to an Editor or Official—This kind of
letter is used to express an opinion or a wish
about a situation. It is sent to an editor of a
magazine or newspaper who has the power to print
the letter for others to see, or to someone who is
in charge of rules and decision-making.
• Letters of Complaint or Compliment—We write
letters of complaint when we are unhappy about
something and want the receiver of the letter to
do something about it. Letters of compliment are
written to let someone know they’ve done a good
job or service.
• Letters of Opinion or Information—These letters
are used to convey strong feelings or ideas about
a topic or situation.
Business letters contain the same five parts of a
friendly letter, plus an inside address containing the
name and title of the letter recipient, the person’s
business or office, the street address, city, state
and zip code. In the business letter, the salutation
is followed by a colon. The entire letter is written
without paragraph indentations but with spaces
instead between each paragraph, and with all parts
beginning close to the left-hand margin. Following
the letter’s closing, about four lines of space are
left, then the name line is typed. In this space
a b o ve the typed name, there is room for the
writer’s signature.
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