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How would I write a letter to my cousin about the first day of school?

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This assignment requires that you understand the conventions for what is called a "friendly letter." This type of correspondence differs from a "business letter" not only in its formatting but also in that it allows you to be less formal in your wording and subject matter. A friendly letter has five separate parts, as described below.

Return address/date: In the upper right corner of your paper or stationery, write your street address on the top line; your city, state, and ZIP code on the second line; and the date on the third line.

Salutation: Skip a couple of lines. Now beginning at the left margin, write "Dear" followed by your cousin's first name and a comma.

Body: After this, write whatever you want to tell your cousin about what happened on the first day of school. Consider dividing the body into five separate paragraphs. In the first paragraph, introduce what you plan to write about. Then devote three paragraphs to three different topics regarding the first day of school. For example, you could write about your teacher(s), the students, and your favorite class. Or you could write about the morning, lunchtime, and the afternoon. Or you could choose three interesting incidents from the day and write one paragraph describing each. Finally, as a fifth paragraph, ask your cousin about himself/herself so he/she knows you care and want a response. Your language in these paragraphs should be friendly and informal. Use words that sound like you and that you would use with someone you know well.

Closing: After your fifth or final paragraph, start on the next line but in the middle of the page horizontally. Write the words, "Your cousin," followed by a comma.

Signature: Under the closing, sign your name. Since you probably know your cousin well, your first name should be sufficient.

Below is a sample of how your letter might look:

123 Main St. (start at horizontal middle)

Anytown, MN 55555 (start at middle)

September 7, 20xx (start at middle)

Dear Felicia,

Wait till you hear about my first day at school. My teachers are amazing, I've already made two new friends, and I love my English class.

My favorite teacher is...

Two girls introduced themselves to me at lunchtime. Their names are . . .

For English this year, we're going to be reading some wonderful novels. The one I'm most looking forward to is . . .

Let me know how your first day went. What did you wear? I can't wait to hear from you.

Your cousin, (start at horizontal middle)

Sarah (start at middle)

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kukarad70 | Student

Dear Lalit,

How are you and how is your day? I am fine here and wish you are doing well in your place. I am going to say to you about the first day of my school. I had gone first time to the school and it was so interesting day for me. So nice place, so nice students looking marvelous and amazing. Some were playing. Some were fighting. Some were studying at class. The day which I never forgot. I had made three friends in the first day of my school. They were Ravi, Hari and shankar. They were so sweet and lovely. They were co-operative and polite. Really first day of my school was out of describe and always that day is coming in my mind.

It was first day so there was not much pressure to study at class. Teachers were helpful and funny. After tiffin time we had to sleep for one hour which was my new experience in my life, made me much curious to sleep in the day time. It was so exciting that teachers were singing so sweet songs and was saying to sing us, sometimes we had to go outside to play and sometimes we had to see hooked pictures on the wall and should remember the few names. Actually it was starting of my school life and was the funniest day. 

These way my first day of school had passed and I had enjoyed a lot that day. The same I have written to you. Please take care and don't forget to call me. I always remember to you. Bye.

Your uncle