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English Language Arts - 3rd

Writing a Friendly Letter

Title: Writing a Friendly Letter

Compliance: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Writing Standards for Grade 3

Subject: English Language Arts

Summary: This lesson will teach students how to write a friendly letter, focusing on the structure, format, and content of a letter.

Topic: Writing a Friendly Letter

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the structure and format of a friendly letter
  • Understand the purpose and audience of a friendly letter
  • Can write a friendly letter using appropriate language, tone, and content


This lesson will be taught using a combination of direct instruction, guided practice, and independent practice.

Resources/Materials Required

  • Whiteboard or chart paper
  • Markers or chalk
  • Sample friendly letter
  • Writing paper
  • Pencils or pens



Begin the lesson by asking students if they have ever received a letter in the mail. Discuss the purpose of a letter and who might write and receive letters. Show them a sample friendly letter and ask them to identify the different parts of the letter (date, greeting, body, closing, signature).


Provide students with a blank friendly letter template and guide them through the process of writing a letter. Start by discussing the purpose and audience of their letter. Have them think about who they want to write to and what they want to say. Model the process of writing a letter on the whiteboard or chart paper, highlighting the different parts and explaining their purpose.


Explain to students that a friendly letter should include a date, greeting, body, closing, and signature. Discuss the importance of using appropriate language, tone, and content in a friendly letter. Emphasize the need for clear and concise writing.


Allow students to practice writing their own friendly letters. Provide them with writing paper and encourage them to use the template as a guide. Circulate around the classroom, providing support and guidance as needed. Encourage students to share their letters with a partner or the whole class.


Assess students' understanding of writing a friendly letter by reviewing their completed letters. Look for correct structure and format, appropriate language and tone, and clear and concise writing. Provide feedback and suggestions for improvement.


Challenge students to write a friendly letter to someone outside of the classroom, such as a family member, friend, or community member. Encourage them to use their letter writing skills to communicate effectively and express their thoughts and feelings.


Wrap up the lesson by reviewing the key components of a friendly letter and the importance of clear and concise writing. Encourage students to continue practicing their letter writing skills in their everyday lives.

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Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts - Writing Standards for Grade 3

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