Writing a letter

Home learning focus

To write a letter to your teacher using questions and paragraphs correctly.

This lesson includes:

  • one video about using paragraphs

  • one video to remind you how to write a question

  • three activities

Learn

Today you are going to write a letter to your teacher to tell them all about what you’ve been doing and learning at home.

Letters need to be written in paragraphs so that they make sense and are easy to read.

Watch this video to remind yourself about using paragraphs.

See why its important to use paragraphs in your writing.

In your letter, each paragraph should talk about something different.

For example:

  • Paragraph 1 = what you have learnt in your home schooling

  • Paragraph 2 = what you have enjoyed doing the most

  • Paragraph 3 = what you are looking forward to when you go back to school

Letters also contain questions so that the recipient (the person receiving the letter) can write back and answer those questions.

Watch this video to remind yourself how to write and punctuate questions.

Revise how to write and punctuate questions.

Questions often start with one of the five w's:

  • who
  • what
  • why
  • where
  • when

Questions can also start with words like 'did', 'how', 'do' and 'which' and should always end with a question mark.

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1

Write down seven questions you want to ask your teacher in your letter.

For example:

What have you enjoyed doing the most while you’ve been at home?

Remember to use a question mark at the end of your questions.

Top tip!

Try starting your questions with the five w's: who, what, why, where, when.

Planning a Letter
activity

Activity 2

Complete the 'Letter planning' activity sheet by answering the questions in each box.

Either print off the planning sheet, or copy out the subheadings and write notes under each one.

Remember: When you are planning, you do not need to write in full sentences. You can just write notes.

Activity 3

Now write your letter to your teacher.

Remember:

  • Write three paragraphs following your planning sheet structure. Between each paragraph leave a line.

  • Each paragraph should be between five and eight sentences long and include lots of detail.

  • Ask your teacher at least five questions.

Top tip!

You could start and end your letter like this:

Dear (teacher’s name),

How are you? I'm writing to let you know about all the exciting things I’ve been doing at home.

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon.

(Your name)

When you have finished your letter, you could put it in an envelope. Keep it somewhere safe until you return to school and can give it to your teacher.

Where next?

In this lesson you have written a letter to your teacher using questions and paragraphs correctly.

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