Topic : Letter Writing
Expected Learning Outcomes :
(i) The Pupils understand the various aspects letter writing.
(ii) They acquire knowledge about the types of letters, namely
a) Public Letter Writing b) Private Letter
(iii) They understand the purposes of both types of the letter
(iv) They understand the usage of salutations and subscriptions
(v) They write their own letters for the given occasion.
Have you ever received a letter ?
From whom did you receive a letter?
How do you feel when you receive a letter?
The teacher greets the pupils and the pupils greet the teacher .
Now the teacher tells them about the two kind of letters namely Public Letter and Private Letter.
A Public letter is the one that is written for official purposes. A request of Street light, leave letter, job application and inviting people to school functions is called public letters.
They are not written to known people. They are written to officials.
These kinds of letters have strict form. It must not be broken.
Where as private letters are written between friends and family members. They do have rules. But there is no need to follow them!
However in the school exercises and exam outputs you must follow the rules even in writing a private letter. It ensures to get you marks!
The Structure of a Public Letter
At our country we have distinct form of a public letter. On the upper right-hand side, you put your address (two lines), skip a line, and put the date. It has From address as its first component. It contains your proper address, the writer of the letter.
343, Periyar St,
You must have seen the format.
Next comes To address part. This part contains the address of the receiver of the letter.
The District Collector,
The Office of the District Collector ,
These items are followed by proper salutations, the following are the salutations for the public letters.
2. Dear sir,
4. Dear Madam,
5. Dear Sirs,
6. Dear Madams
7. Messrs =M/s
How ever we Indians have coined a special salutation
Respected sir, Respected Madam, etc! Which not in practice anywhere else in the world!
This is followed by Subject of the letter, the subject line is followed by the body of the letter. After the body of the letter comes Subscription of the letter.
List of subscriptions
One Officer to Another - Yours sincerely / Sincerely yours
Firms - Yours sincerely / Sincerely yours
To Editor of Newspaper - Yours sincerely / Sincerely yours
To teachers - Yours obediently
To Strangers - Your faithfully
To Officers - Yours sincerely
The final item of a letter is Address on the envelope. This part contains the to address which is written in the second part of the letter.
As we know earlier a private letter has minimal rules, that too not necessarily be followed if it is written between close friends! But for the exam purpose we must know the rules and follow them carefully.
The first part of the private letter is at the top most right corner of the sheet. Place and date is written here.
(a) To relatives (older in age) - Dear Father / Mother / Brother
(b) To relatives (younger in age) - Yours loving brother / sister
(c) To Friends - Dear Rafeeq
This should be followed by the body of the letter. It usually begins with Well and Wish you the same!
The letter ends with proper subscriptions .
(a) To relatives (older in age)
Yours loving son / brother
(b) To relatives (younger in age)
Yours loving brother / sister
(c) To Friends
Your sincerely / well wisher
After this we have the Address on the envelope, where you have to write the full address of the receiver.
The pupils are encouraged to write their own letters. They discuss with each other and write a letter. Their letters are corrected by the teacher.
Write a letter to your friend and post it.