Jensen’s Format Writing
I highly recommend this book, (Jensen’s Format Writing ed.), to prepare a student for college essay writing, typically the required WR 121 class. IMHO, it is the best on the market to clearly, efficiently, and concisely teach a student the process of expository writing, which is the backbone of college papers. This is a “must do” book for our children. My oldest, who graduated from homeschool last year, said Format Writing helped her immensely as she aced her required writing course in college. I quibble a little with some of the example that Jensen gives, but remember he is not trying to give great writing examples but simplistic representations to show the child the writing process, which he does superbly.
Tammy A – home educator
I have loved using your Format Writing with my teen–she is in college now, and your material in that book has helped her tremendously! Thanks for such a wonderful product.Cheryl Toepfer – home educator
I promote this book (Format Writing, ed.) to every mom who says she has trouble teaching writing skills. I am convinced it is the most practical approach available today. Every student who has taken my class based on your book has improved! Reluctant writers relax, and confident writers become better focused. Congratulations on a job well done!
Jo Anne Bennett – educational consultant
We have been happily using your Format Writing course for two years, and it has tremendously helped our son, Judson, develop his writing skills. He has always been a reluctant writer and I, the mother and teacher, have always been looking for ways to motivate him to write. I have found that he needs a reason to write. With your material, I was able to allow him to write about subjects he was interested in. Some of his essay topics this year have included Motorcycle Engine or Snowmobile Engine (comparison), Building a Fighting Robot (process), Salvation (analogy), Music (definition), Rifles (classification), GoCarts (example). His first major paper was “The History of the Volkswagen Beetle,” and the topic I assigned for the latest essay was Fuel Cells, which he refined to “Fuel Cells in the Automotive Industry.”
Sharon Malone – home educator
I have been using Format Writing for a few years as I tutor high school English composition for home schoolers. I really like it, and am looking forward to seeing your new edition.
Hazel Morrow – tutor
I’m a homeschooling mom who’s now using Format Writing with my second high school student. The first one is now doing college English and getting A’s on her papers, so Format Writing works!
Laurie Sansom – home educator
The Format Writing workbook that we used last year was absolutely wonderful!!!! We were able to complete it in the one year, (only 4 major papers, but that was enough.) What a great improvement in my student’s writing!!! Thank you. Kathy Cluff – teacher – Heber J. Grant Academy
I was extremely pleased with your Format Writing, which I used with my two high school daughters. They both won essay contests in our homeschool district using your “format.”
Vicki Garrett – home educator
Some feedback on your Format Writing book. We used it last home school year and thoroughly enjoyed each section. My daughter just finished English 101 in college and received the only ‘A’ grade in the class. She said that no book has been so helpful as the Format Writing. So, we thank the Lord for your talent and its use for His glory.
Sally Beardsley – home educator
My daughter and I discovered Format Writing the last two years of her high school career. She worked through it from cover to cover, and I am more than pleased with the end result.
Peggy Blanchard – home educator
Just wanted to mention that I have used your previous edition of Format Writing with my older son, and we really appreciated it. He has used it to refer back to now in school. When he entered last year, he was the only one in the class who knew how to write a 5 paragraph essay.
Liz Poland – home educator
I teach classes to home educated students, grades 7 through 12. Your book, Format Writing, has been a tremendous help to my students and their parents.
Carol Bond – home school tutor
It has been almost four years since I used your Format Writing book in high school, and I decided a “thank you” is long overdue. My mother began home-educating me when I was in eighth grade. She had her work cut out for her. I had horrible writing habits.
Then she discovered your books through a homeschool curriculum catalog. I rebelled against having style taught to me; after all, wasn’t that something that just magically occurred? To have style taught was to kill individual voice, at least to my mind at the time. So my poor mom and I struggled back and forth, until finally I “gave in” and learned to structure my writing. I still hated it, though.
And then I went to college. In my Writing 101 class, one of the first things the professor commented on was how well-organized and thought out my writings were. He encouraged me to look into my school’s professional writing program. I was amazed. The skills that I had learned in high school were coming in handy in college.
Fast forward three years. I’m now completing my junior year of college as a music major and professional writing minor. Every professor I’ve ever had in any field has complimented my style, organization, conciseness, and proof-reading. I’ve gotten A’s and B+’s in all of my writing classes. Students come to me for help rather than going to the college’s Learning Resource Center. Earlier this week, I presented a paper in an upper level history course (Medieval Civilization), and my professor was so impressed that he recommended that I take senior seminar for history majors so I could continue my work.
I’m even considering studying professional writing in graduate school. My professors are confident that I would have no trouble getting into whatever writing program I wanted to. In high school, if anyone had suggested that I would want to be a writer, I would have told them they were insane.
Your Format Writing reshaped my writing worldview. There really aren’t words to express how thankful I am for this.
Anna Luther – student
We discovered your first edition of Format Writing, and both my children used it through their homeschooling high school years. In fact, my daughter is now a teacher back east, and when she looked you up online to order her own copy of Format Writing – for use in tutoring high school/college age students – she was pleased to see a quote from our family on your website. I thought you would find it interesting, as well as rewarding, that a second generation is now using your materials. Thank you for your help through the years.
Peggy Blanchard – former home educating mom
I am a 20 year old student in my 3rd year of school at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville, Florida. I am studying to be a high school English and history teacher. I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended a small Christian school. My last year of high school, I was introduced to your writing book, Format Writing. That book has been an incredible help to me. I had always dreaded writing and honestly, was terrified by the thought of a writing assignment. After a year in your Format Writing book, my entire view of writing has changed. I now love to write, and I am now confident in my writing ability. I have used papers in college that I wrote in high school, and I have gotten some gratifying comments about how well organized and well expressed my papers are. By the way, these comments have come from professors with three and four degrees. I use your method now every time I write a paper, and I continue to get comments on how well I write and organize my thoughts. All that to say that your book has been very helpful to me, and that when I graduate next year and begin teaching, I will most definitely use it in my classroom.
Anna Adams – student
Just a note to let you know that Format Writing has been a good fit for us. My ninth-grade daughter, a reluctant writer, seems to be responding very well to the structure of FW. It has made her happier with her Dad, and he with her!
Steve Baltz – home educating dad
By the way, your Format Writing book has been a HUGE blessing!! I had writing tutors for my older children but didn’t need one with my 9th grader last year since we found your book. She continues to work in it this year.
Carla Erb – home educator
Just a really quick note to tell you how much your Format Writing book has done for me. I really enjoyed using it as a home-schooled high school student and learned a lot. Now I’m a freshman at Gordon College. For the first paper I had to write here at college, I did not follow your format and was disappointed with my grade of a B. For my second paper in the same class, I did use your format and was pleasantly surprised with an A+! It really should not have surprised me that my first A+ paper would come that way though; your teaching is great! Thanks a lot for all you do!
Diana Rhys – college student
Hello! I wish to thank you with all my heart for writing Format Writing. My 12 yr old son has been a reluctant writer for years, but has been thoroughly receptive to this instruction.
Brenda Lambert – home educator
I used Format Writing last year with my son who was in 8th grade, and I wanted to let you know I loved it. I have been homeschooling for many years, and it is by far the best writing curriculum I have found. I picked up the book before I read all of the wonderful recommendations about it, and I’m so glad I did. My son had to write a paper for our home school group’s annual project fair. One judge’s comments were, “If this could be better, I am hard pressed to think how.” Another said, “Superior in every way.” Reading those comments after knowing how hard it was to get my son to write actually brought tears to my eyes. We will be going back through the book this year, reinforcing what he learned last year.
Janelle Dressen – home educator
At age 14 my son did your grammar and punctuation books and Jensen’s Format Writing. He then took our community college’s placement test and tested well into their college level Eng/composition class. He has now completed that with an “A.” Thank you for the great preparation. He says your books taught him everything he needed. : )
Janice Turner – home educator
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