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Letter Writing Rules: The Basics

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Circulation: 85, 957
ISSN: 1538-320
July 26, 2011

You use letters to build relationships, identify and solve problems, clarify decisions that were made and not made, and motivate people to take action.

You write letters to request information, request action, provide information or describe an event, decline a request, and express appreciation.

You want your letters to create a good first impression. Before you write that letter, you need to do some homework.  

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn the basic rules for writing great letters and find good editing tips to help you accomplish your objectives when you write to the school. Also included in Part 2 of this Short Course - your first quiz!

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Twelve Rules for Writing GREAT Letters

You need to write letters to clarify events and what you were told. If you have a problem with the school or concerns about your child's program, you must document your concerns in writing. Your letters are independent evidence that support your memory.

This article by Pam Wright will help you fine tune your letter-writing skills.

12 Rules for Writing Great Letters


QUIZ - Your 1st Assignment

After you ask the school questions, you should always write a Ms. Manners letter back to the school to document what you asked and how the school responded.

"The letter writing thing levels the playing field. Think about what you would do if someone was nicely documenting every word you spoke and every move you made. You would be more careful about what you said and did, " advises Parent Advocate Susan Bruce.

How much do you know about writing effective letters? Take the quiz.

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