Teaching Kids to Write Formal Letters

Morning Stretch

A challenging unit can be tailored around letter writing into to a fun project based unit as an vital  aspect of the structure of the work.

By setting up the situation so that the student is likely to receive a reply from a real artist (in this case a photographer) the student is motivated to write a friendly but business like letter.

The first step is to make the Jigsaw and Insert the acknowledgment links into the Jigzone Jigsaw.  (Example below)

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Students will learn about various aspects of letter writing

The next step is to use the template provided.  Give the template to the students and ask them to write a letter to the photographer whose work they have used.  Thank You Letter (Jigzone example)

On the template you will see that I have listed the various skills needed by the students to be able to complete this task.

They include

  • make online jigsaws and include the copyright links
  • tracking down the contact details and appropriate salutation to include on the letter
  • writing the letter with appropriate movement through the body structure
  • closure and inclusion of links into the body of the letter
  • sending the email Thank You Letter


  1. How to Make Online Jigsaws   Printable Worksheet  PDF (Cartooning Theme)
  2. How to Write a Letter of Appreciation. Thank You Letter (Jigzone example)

4 thoughts on “Teaching Kids to Write Formal Letters

    1. Jo Murphy Post author

      Hi Victoria,
      I read your latest Blog last night. I just couldn’t think of anything intelligent to say. We live in an amazing world, Jo

  1. N℮üґ☼N☮☂℮ṧ

    Hey Jo, I was just talking about you on Skype with my friend from Denmark, and shared your new book with him. I’m trying to get the word around. He read the description on Amazon and was so impressed.

    I really appreciate that you took the time to read my last blog posting. I was doing that post in the middle of the night around 2AM so I didn’t do such a good job at proofing, but corrections made now. Yes, we do living in an amazing world, and having access to a wealth of information to help spread awareness is a wonderful tool.

    1. Jo Murphy Post author

      Hi Victoria, Thanks for recommending the book. I actually even watched the video. (Strange man)
      I have just spoken with Marlene Chism of http://stopworkplacedrama.com/ I believe I can work out some really good school resources based on her work.
      It’s all good, I will read more of your Blog this weekend, Jo


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