From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

How to write 4 different kinds.


1. Business Letter

Put your address and the date in the upper right-hand corner and the company's address below that on the left side. Follow the format below. You can say "Dear Madam" if you like. Be brief and to the point. Sign your name at the end.

letter illustration


2. Complaint Letter

Use the same format as for a business letter. Say "Dear President" or "Dear Store Owner" if you don't have a specific name to write to. Be clear. Say what's wrong and what you would like the company to do about it. For example, you might say " 'The Silver Gang' is a stupid, boring TV show. I would like to see more real stories about kids." Or, "I bought a Dandy Jumbo microscope at XYZ Store in Denver, CO, on July 2, 2009. It does not work. The lens is broken. Please send me a new one. Thank you."


3. Thank You Note

A thank-you note is usually informal. You write one to someone who has been especially nice to you or given you a gift and whom you have not been able to thank in person. Write your address in the upper right-hand corner but do not write theirs on the left.

letter illustration


4. Invoice

An invoice is a bill. If you have done work for people who still owe you money, you can send them a bill. Often, at your age, you do not need to send invoices, but if you have a business and want to, follow the format below. Make a copy of the bill for your own records.


invoice illustration






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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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