Today we started learning about writing transactional texts. Letters, invites, cards, postcards, notes, emails and blog comments are all transactional texts because you are sending or receiving information (transacting) to or from someone.
A few years ago, Miss Leakey set up The Postcard Project, whilst she was teaching in New Zealand. Teachers and students have been busy writing, sending and receiving postcards around the globe. In the past, some of us participated in the project and enjoyed it. Today we all wrote a postcard to a class somewhere in the world.
Here are some important things we learnt about writing a postcard:
* There’s only a small space, so you have to prioritise your message, write neatly and clearly.
* Use a greeting and a closing. For example, Hello, G’day or Dear and Bye, Best wishes, From
* Introduce yourself briefly. For example, I’m from 5/6JC at Upper Plenty in Victoria, Australia.
* Include information and questions. Make it interesting.
* Write a return address if you want a reply!
* Write the address. Usually you need to use a new line for the name of the class, school, street, suburb, state & postcode and country.
* Proofread for meaning, punctuation and spelling.
We wrote postcards to schools in Australia, England, USA, Iceland, Thailand, Canada, Hawaii, Italy and Germany. They will begin their journeys tomorrow and hopefully arrive at their destinations within a fortnight. We can’t wait to see who writes back!
What transactional texts have you written?
Have you received a postcard before? Where was it from?
Can you find out when the first postcard was sent?