Formal letter - V3

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Do you know what 'to shun' means?

Slide 1 - Quiz

Table of content
  • Pen and notebook ready?
  • Take notes on writing a formal letter
  • Formal letter exercises
  • End of class

Slide 2 - Slide

How did you start your letter?

Slide 3 - Open question

Top left corner: your address without your name
There is a space between my address and the date
Months with a capital letter and another space
Address of newspaper (+country)
Salutation: unknown, / known,

Slide 4 - Slide

What do we write in the first paragraph?

Slide 5 - Open question

In the first paragraph, you present our reason for writing and your opinion about the topic

o There is space between the salutation and the introduction
o Start the introduction with a capital letter
o Introduce yourself in a formal manner
o Introduce the reason for writing the letter
o State your viewpoint on the issue

Slide 6 - Slide

What does the body of our formal letter consist of?

Slide 7 - Open question

Body / Main paragraphs
In the second and third paragraphs, you present your arguments/the problems, together with consequences/suggestions/results, in separate paragraphs.

o Include strong arguments which support your viewpoint on the issue and have backed them up with evidence (if necessary)
o Every argument has its own paragraph
o Write about all the points given in the assignment
o Show insight into the topic (in the test: Paper Towns)

Slide 8 - Slide

You know the words connected to crime, punishment and the Mock Trial and you can write a story about criminal behaviour with those words.  

You know the word order in English.  

You can write relatively complex sentences.  

You can link sentences, paragraphs and ideas with linking words (but, and, so, therefore, however, although, despite, moreover, in addition, to conclude, etc.)

You can use the tenses, passive, and the First and Second Conditional in a text.  

You know how to write a letter of opinion. 

Slide 9 - Slide

What is your last paragraph?

Slide 10 - Open question

In the last paragraph you summarise your opinion or write it again using different words. You end with Yours sincerely, (if you do know the name of the person you‘re writing to), or Yours faithfully, (if you don‘t know their name) and your full name.

o Summarize your viewpoint in different words
o State what should be done about the issue / in the future
o State what the Editor should do with your letter, or whether you would like a response
o If you know the name of the person  you end with “Yours sincerely,” an empty line and your name
o If you don’t know the name of the person you end with “Yours faithfully,” an empty line and your name

Slide 11 - Slide

Tips and tricks
Structure before you start writing
- What question do I have to answer / Which points do I have to make?
- What do I write in each paragraph?
- How many words do I roughly want to use in each paragraph?

Learn the standard openings and endings  
- Dear Sir/Madam,
- Yours sincerely, Yours faithfully,

Slide 12 - Slide

Tips and Tricks
Avoid using contractions  or short forms
- I'm, don't, can't / I am, do not, cannot

Don't overcomplicate your language
- 'I believe these issues will lead to a problem' instead of 'the issues higlighted are indicative of future failings'

Do not make your point multiple times.

Think of equivalents for 'very', 'really', 'I think'

Slide 13 - Slide

Name the two ways to end a formal letter.

Slide 14 - Mind map

True or False
A formal letter should always have a date.

Slide 15 - Quiz

True or False
You put the address of the person your writing to directly under your address.

Slide 16 - Quiz

True or False
You should begin a formal letter with Dear + first name + surname.

Slide 17 - Quiz

True or False
In formal letters you should use short forms.

Slide 18 - Quiz

Do you understand how to write a formal letter?

Slide 19 - Poll

Which is formal?
I thought I’d write
I am writing

Slide 20 - Quiz

I am writing to complain about the
terrible state of the yard
condition of the playground

Slide 21 - Quiz

Over the last two weeks, I have noticed
loads of rubbish
a great deal of litter

Slide 22 - Quiz

Which is formal?
I reckon
It is my opinion

Slide 23 - Quiz

Which is formal?
The boy in question
The boy I’m talking about

Slide 24 - Quiz

Which is formal?
it may be possible to
you could

Slide 25 - Quiz

I think that our school needs _____ security
more adequate

Slide 26 - Quiz

Rest of the lesson
Write a letter of opinion

Go to : - Writing a formal letter - V3 Writing P3 - Exercise 2 Practice Writing Test (last exercise)

Choose a buddy to write with.

Slide 27 - Slide