The Art of Letter Writing in Mid-Nineteenth Century America
To acquaint students with the importance of the art of letter
writing, as a form of communication in mid-nineteenth century
TERMS: assiduities, enquiries, diffident, lucrative
- Why was the writing of letters in mid-nineteenth century America
an important form of communication?
- Why was letter writing considered an art?
- General Instructions: Review all vocabulary terms with which
the student might not be familiar.
- Have students read the examples and answer the following questions
|a. ||What forms of communication were available to the average person during the mid-nineteenth century?|
|b. ||Why did people write such formal letters?|
|c. ||Do you think the reasons for making the request given in the letter to borrow money were valid?|
|d. ||Do you think the replies to the request to borrow money were clear?|
|e. ||Why do you think the man in the letter to the young lady wanted to write to her before he confronted her in person?|
|f. ||What was the young lady really saying in her reply?|
|g. ||Why do you think the art of letter writing has almost disappeared in America today?|
- Write a formal letter using the style of the mid-nineteenth
century, asking to borrow money from a close friend or relative.
Remember that you must express the reasons for making the request.
Share your letter with another student in the class, who will
write a formal reply, either agreeing to lend you money or not.
- Write a formal letter to a male or female friend using the
style of the mid-nineteenth century, asking them to go out on
a date. Give the letter to another member of the class, who will
write a formal reply.