Use format and structure to organise writing for different purposes (a) Understand which format, structure and layout are best for which sort of task, e.g. a table to organise information for reference or comparison, numbered points to separate stages in a process, paragraphs to develop an argument (b) Understand that some forms of writing follow standard formats and structures, e.g. memos, business letters, reports, meeting agendas or minutes (c) Understand that some forms of writing follow certain conventions, e.g. poetry, plays, dialogue in a story

Setting out a formal letter

Submitted by Vicky Douglas on Mon, 2008-07-07 16:53

Literacy: Wt/L2.4

Resource type: Writing frame

Level: L2

Handy one page handout with all the information you need regarding setting out a formal letter.

Formal and informal letter writing

Submitted by Robert Holt on Wed, 2007-07-18 17:18

Literacy: Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5, Wt/L2.4, Wt/L2.5

Resource type: Interactive presentation

Level: L1, L2

Letters presentation is a great way to introduce formal and informal letter writing. Takes you through the purpose and style of informal/formal letters and then gives a detailed example of a formal letter of complaint. Final slide has an excellent set of follow-up exercises.

Stray dogs

Submitted by Gill Clark on Sat, 2007-01-06 17:19

Literacy: Wt/L2.1, Wt/L2.2, Wt/L2.3, Wt/L2.4, Wt/L2.5, Wt/L2.6, Wt/L2.7

Context: Animal care, farming & equine

Level: L2

Resource type: Writing frame, Writing prompts

A super idea for writing informal and formal letters (a writing frame is provided for the formal letter).

Looking at letters

Submitted by Maggie Harnew on Sat, 2005-02-05 01:00

Literacy: Rt/E3.2, Rt/L1.2, Rt/L2.2, Wt/L1.4, Wt/L1.5, Wt/L2.4, Wt/L2.5

Resource type: Handout or guide, Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2

Take a detailed look at the purpose, intended audience and language of letters. Fill-in worksheet, teachers’ notes, follow up ideas. Use as preparation for individual letter writing (see ‘letter writing ideas’ below).

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