3rd Class English Letter Writing Letter Writing

Letter Writing

Category : 3rd Class

Real Life Example

As electronic communication technologies such as e mail and text messaging have become more and more prevalent, letter writing still remains an important skills to discover. In fact e-mail writing is also a kind of letter writing.  



This lesson will help you to:-

  •  understand letter writing.
  • write informal letter (personal).
  • write formal letter (application).  



All of us are required, every now and then. To write letters, either to our friends, relatives or teachers. So every educated person should know how to write a clear, precise and readable letter. There are various types of letters that we are usually required to write in our everyday life but' the two most important forms which you should know in class-3 are_ _ _ personal letters and applications.

Although letter writing is slowly becoming a dying art, it will always remain an art. Making them interesting requires a little craft, a little consideration and a touch of creativity.

FORMS OF LETTERS _ _ _ There are several different kinds of letters (such as informal letters and formal letters) each of which has its own particular form: but there is a certain format which is common to all.

In all kinds of letters there are six points of format which must be covered.

1.   The heading consisting of (a) the writer's address and (b) the date.

2.   The courteous greeting or salutation.

3.  The communication or message _ _ _ The Body of the letter.

4.   The subscription, or courteous Leave-taking, or conclusion.

5.   The signature.

6.   The superscription on the envelope.  



(I) INFORMAL LETTERS (personal or friendly) _ _ Informal letters are easy to write in terms of format, tone and language. These kind of letters are written to friends, relatives and parents. Their style is chiefly conversational.  How to write Informal Letter ___  

Start: The address and date should be on left hand corner of the letter. Salutation: This would normally start with either "Dear..." or "Hi..."- with no comma afterwards                   

Body: The first paragraph usually starts with greeting and asking about the health like "how are you dear". In the second paragraph, you can ask question or you can answer to the question asked by the recipient ? maybe asking for an opinion or advice. You can also write something about yourself or what's new in your life. to make it conversational and interesting.

Closing: Air the end, do not close your letter directly with sincerely, you could use expressions such as "I look forward to hearing back from you soon" or simply "Hope to hear from you soon" and also "Keep in touch". When ending a letter you could sign off with a variety of expressions... obviously keep in mind the person you are writing to. Best Wishes," "Sincerely (yours)," "(Lots of) Love," "(Best) Regards," etc.

 Example: Informal Letter

36, Dover Lane,

Golf Green,


9th March 2013.

Dear Sahil,

How are you? What are you doing this New Year? We friends have decided to plan a party and we would love if you can come.

We are planning for small party of school friends. There will be music, drinks, and lots to eat. And if you have any other idea let us know. Hope to see you. Let me know when you are coming.



Amazing Fact

The record for the longest letter was established in 1952, during the Korean War. A lady in Brooklyn, New York, wrote to her boyfriend, a private in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. Instead of using regular writing paper, this ingenious lady used the narrow tape that is found on adding machines, 3200 feet of it! The letter took her one month to write.  

(II) FORMAL LETTERS (applications) ___ An application to your principal, headmistress or teacher can be in the form of leave-application, permission-letter or complaint- letter. Format tone of language, style and format should be adopted to write any sort of applications. The matter has to be precise and perfect. How to write formal letter

Start: The address and date to the person you are writing should be on top left hand corner of the letter.

Salutation: This would normally start with either "Respected Sir..." or "Respected Madam..."- with comma afterwards.

Subject: Reference to your leave, permission or complaint.  

First paragraph

You should write what is the issue or the reason for the writing the complain letter. Be sure to write the following information if applicable to the situation date, time, name of the person.  

Second paragraph

What would you expect from the school, teacher, and principal to solve the issue.  

Third paragraph

End the letter by writing "Thanking you," or/'With regards". In the next line "Yours faithfully," or "Yours sincerely". In the end write your name, class, section and roll number.  

Example: Formal Letter.


The Headmistress,

The Ashok Hall.


6th March 2013.

Respected Madam,

Subject: - application for leave.

I am writing you this letter to inform you that I, along with my parents are going out of station to attend a marriage ceremony of my uncle. I would take leave of 3 days, from 11th march 2014 to 13th march 2014.

I would be obliged if you grant me the permission to take this leave.

With regard,

Thanking you,

Yours faithfully.

Neha Sinha,

Class-3, Roll no-27.

Where all do we write letters?

(a) Within schools

Letter writing is part of the required curriculum. Visits to museums or farms prompt thank you letters, for example contacting schools in other countries and exchanging letters links into geography.

(b) At home

Within the home, letter writing has many uses. It encourages good manners, especially writing "thank you" letters, you can write invitations, you can write letters to friends and relatives, pen pals are always popular, giving insights into other's lives, especially overseas.  


Have you ever written letter to God? Whenever you feel sad or dejected try writing an informal letter to God mentioning about your experience. What will happen next? You will feel much better and sadness will reduce. Write an informal letter to any fairy tale character which you like giving it suggestion or sharing that how did you feel about the experience which they had. Example- My dear little Red Riding hood, You should have listened to your mother.......

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