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Letter Writing Badgeletter writing

(Discover Art)

Written by Charlotte R. Duke, Eagle, Troop 109

 

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement if appropriate.)

 

Penguins: Do three requirements including the two starred *.

 

____ 1*. Learn what a letter is. What is the difference between a letter, an email, and a postcard? Write a letter to someone and mail it.

 

Otters: Do four requirements including the two starred *.

 

____ 1*. Do Penguin requirement 1. Write at least two letters and mail them.

 

____ 2*. Learn what the word “correspondence” means. Maintain a correspondence with someone for at least one month.

 

Dolphins: Do five requirements including the two starred *.

 

____ 1*. Do Otter requirements 1 & 2. Write letters to at least three people.

 

____ 2*. Make a timeline of the history of the U. S. Postal Service. You must have at least 10 items on your timeline.

 

Butterflies: Do six requirements including the two starred *.

 

____ 1*. Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2. You must have at least 15 items on your timeline. Write letters to at least four people.

 

____ 2*. Read a biography of someone known for their extensive letter writing, such as Abigail Adams or George Washington. (If you earn this badge at a different level you must read about a different person.)

 

Eagles: Do seven requirements including the two starred *.

 

____ 1*. Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2. Write letters to at least five people, and have at least 20 items on your timeline.

 

____ 2*. Learn the difference between a business letter and a personal letter. Learn how to write a business letter.

 

Owls: Do nine requirements including the two starred *.

 

_____ 1*.  Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.

 

_____ 2*. Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.

 

Optional Requirements:

 

_____ 3. Earn the Communications badge at your level.

 

_____ 4. Read a selection of letters written by a historical figure such as Thomas Jefferson or John Adams. What do you find most interesting in them?

 

_____ 5. Earn the Calligraphy badge at your level.

 

_____ 6. Why is good spelling important in letter writing? Earn the Spelling badge at your level.

 

_____ 7. Earn the Writing badge at your level.

 

_____ 8. Read the book Thank You, Aunt Tallulah by Carmela LaVigna Coyle. What important lesson does it teach about writing thank you letters?

 

_____ 9. Learn about the different materials used for writing in days gone by, such as papyrus scrolls, quill pens, fountain pens or clay tablets. How did the invention of the ballpoint pen affect the way we write letters today? Tell your family or troop what you learned.

 

_____ 10. Typing is a very useful skill, and is used by thousands of people every day. Learn how to type at a reasonable degree of speed and accuracy for your age. Butterflies and up: learn to touch type.

 

_____ 11. Learn about different styles of handwriting, such as Spencerian penmanship, copperplate writing, or Italic handwriting. Copy a quotation, bible verse or adage written in one of these styles of handwriting; is it harder than it looks?

 

_____ 12. When the typewriter was invented, no one wanted it. Research the history of the typewriter and learn why this was so. What was done to make it more marketable? What was the result?

 

_____ 13. Read a book, watch a video, or go online (with your parent’s permission) to find out how paper is made. If possible, make a sheet of handmade paper.

 

_____ 14. Find out how ink is made. Learn how to make your own ink from berry juice, water and soot, etc.

 

_____ 15. Write a letter to someone of special significance, such as an invalid or a soldier. How do you think your letter might cheer them?

 

_____ 16. Before more modern inventions such as the internet, the telegraph, the telephone, etc., the main form of communication between people living at a distance was written letters. Learn about the different ways letters traveled in the old days, and how long a letter could take to arrive across the country, such as from San Francisco to New York, or across the ocean, such as from the United States to England.