Personal Letter

Use these ideas to help you brainstorm topics for your writing.

1. Thank your grandparents or other relatives for visiting you.

2. Thank your friends for your birthday presents.

3. Thank your parents for helping you with your homework.

4. Invite your best friend on an outing with your family.

5. Write a letter to a historical figure, thanking him or her for a specific achievement.

6. Write your cousin or a friend who moved away and tell him or her about what you did over the weekend.

7. Ask your friend to explain a book or movie that you didn’t understand.

8. Imagine you have a pen pal in a different country. Ask him or her what a typical day might be like.

9. Write a letter of encouragement to a friend or relative about an upcoming event.

10. Imagine you have been away at summer camp. Write a letter home.

Writing Traits for Personal Letters
Ideas Did I clearly state the reason for writing the letter?
Organization Did I create a list of the important points I wanted to include in the letter? Did my letter begin with a greeting, include a body, and conclude with my signature?
Voice Was my personality expressed in the letter?
Sentence Fluency Did I use variety in my sentences?
Word Choice Did I use natural language?
Conventions Did I check for mistakes in spelling, punctuation, and capitalization?
Presentation Is my letter neat? Did the heading include my address and the date?