7590 Letter Writing

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Letter Writing

Letter Writing

Published in 2006 by Junior Certificate School Programme Support Service Curriculum Development Unit Sundrive Road Crumlin Dublin 12 Phone: Fax: Email: 01 453 5487 01 402 0435 jcsp@iol.ie

First written and published by teachers involved in the School Certificate Project, CDVEC Curriculum Development Unit 1989. Revised and edited by Fiona Richardson, Junior Certificate School Programme 2006. Designed by Melt Design Ltd – www.melt.ie. The Junior Certificate School Programme Support Service is funded by the In-Career Development Unit, Department of Education and Science and the European Social Fund. The Junior Certificate School Programme Support Service is a national Programme sponsored by the Department of Education and Science and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment.

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Letter Writing

Contents

Introduction

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Section 1:

Informal Letters & Postcards
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Informal letters Addressing envelopes Postcards

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Section 2:

Formal Letters
I I I I I

Letters of complaint Letters asking for information Letters making a booking Letters of application Curriculum Vitae

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Section 3:

Keywords
I I I I

Abbreviations Quiz Wordsearch Word Grid

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Junior Certificate School Programme

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Letter Writing

Introduction
This booklet is about writing letters. People can tell a lot from the way you write letters, so you will need to practice writing many kinds of letters.

Most of the letters you will need to write will be:

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Informal or personal letters Formal Letters for example: – Business letters – Job application letters

This workbook will give you a chance to write all of these.

How to use this book
1 2 3 There are three sections. Each section shows you how to write a different kind of letter. There is a sample letter, followed by exercises for you to do. Write each letter in your copy first. When you and your teacher have corrected it, you can copy it carefully into the blank page provided in this book. When you finish the workbook you will have your own collection of letters to look back on when you need to revise.

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Letter Writing

Introduction

Rules for all letters * * * * * * *
It is important that your handwriting be neat and clear. The writer's address is written in the top right-hand corner. Leave a space between the address and date. Spell out the month in full, e.g. 15th February 2006 Begin the letter Dear . . . . , on the left-hand side. The first paragraph of the letter begins under the person's name. A formal letter usually ends with either: Yours sincerely, or Yours faithfully, Followed by your signature. (Note: 'Yours', always begins with a capital letter, but 'sincerely' and 'faithfully' begin with a small letter. Always use plain unlined paper and the same colour envelopes. A large size writing pad is best for most letters. Write your letter in blue or black pen only. Revise the rules for using capital letters. Always use paragraphs when writing a letter. All of these rules are shown on the sample layout on the next page. After you write out your letter in the workbook or in your copy check back here to see you have followed all the rules for letter writing.

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Junior Certificate School Programme

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Section 1
Informal Letters & Postcards

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Letter Writing

Informal Letters & Postcards

Section 1

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Informal or personal letters are those you write to people you know – friends, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc.

Formal Letters

Section 2

Informal letters should be friendly, chatty and relaxed as though you're talking to the person. You sign an informal or personal letter using phrases like – Best Wishes, Love, Yours truly, Lots of love etc.

Formal Letters

Section 2

You must, however, obey the rules for all letters. Look back at page 2 and check these out. Look at the example of an informal letter...
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