A formal letter has the following parts.

·       Sender’s Address
·       Date
·       Addressee’s address
·       Salutation
·       Subject
·       Body of the letter (content) (preferably in three or four paragraphs)
·       Complementary ending
·       Sender’s signature & name

Note: Formal letter must be written in fully blocked format as per board curriculum.
                                        Format

Sender’s address

Date

Addressee’s address

Dear Sir/Mam

Subject: ………………………………………………………………………………………………….


                                              Body of the letter



Your’s faithfully / sincerely

Signature

Name


                                       
(i) Letter to the Editor ( a letter to the editor could be written to:)
·       Express an opinion
·       Complaint against a social problem
·       Refer to the situation/viewpoint that you wish to highlight
·       If it is a social problem the three major areas to be included are-
1.    causes of the problem
2.    effects of the problem
3.    solutions to the problem
·       conclude politely

Sample:

Q. Write letter to the Editor of a newspaper suggesting how the problem of begging can be ended. You are Sumit of Civil Lines, Kanpur



Civil Lines
Kanpur

20th January ‘2011

The Editor
The Hindustan Times
New Delhi

Subject: Regarding the problem of begging & how it can be ended.

Sir,

I shall feel obliged if you kindly public the following few lines ‘Letters to the Editor’ column of your esteemed paper.
Some beggars, no doubt, deserve our sympathy. They are handicapped. They are unable to earn their living. But the pity is that most of the beggars are able-bodied. Begging has become a profession for them. They find it the easiest way to earn their living. Some of them are criminals. They beg only to hide their crimes. This large-scales begging is a slur on the fair name of our country.
Begging should be abolished by law. It should be made a punishable offence. The government should open asylums for those beggars who are really helpless. Able-bodied beggars should forced to work. If they go without work, they must also go without food. We should have no sympathy for such impostors. We should not encourage them by giving alms. People can thus play a big role in ending this evil.

Yours faithfully

Sumit