What John Saxon did for math, Frode Jensen does for English

Look what you get in this book

  • a punctuation rule book with examples
  • constant repetition for long-term retention
  • a reproducible card of rules for ready reference
  • a list of key words that reveal certain rules
  • exercises taken from classical literature
  • secrets of compound sentence punctuation
  • how to punctuate long and difficult sentences
  • when to use commas with subordinators
  • five simple rules that help immensely
  • where commas go with a conjunctive adverb
  • how to use commas with the FANBOYS
  • when not to use a comma between clauses
  • how to tell independent from dependent clauses
  • easy formulas that can be applied continuously
  • the one word that signals no comma
  • practice in the use of the comma and semicolon
  • complete answer keys for exercises and tests
  • info on grading and scoring exercises and tests


  • the five basic rules for compound sentences that solve 75-90% of your punctuation problems.
  • how to use the punctuation index to help you master all the punctuation rules worth knowing.
  • the three types of key words and how they signal what type of punctuation is needed, if any.
  • what kinds of words in what kinds of situations need capitals and how to identify them in sentences.
  • when and when not to use a comma with modifiers occurring in various positions in a sentence.
  • how to correctly use the semicolon in the most common situation in which it occurs.


ISBN# 1-886061-26-2

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"The lessons are quick and painless, about 5-10 minutes each, and you will find these exercises more interesting than what's usually found in grammar text since they are examples from real books."
-Teresa Schultz-Jones, notional reviewer

"I appreciate the work that went into writing these punctuation books. You have done a good job. I have really seen improvement in my 9th grader's use of punctuation."
-Joanne Juren, home schooling mom

"I knew there had to be some concrete rules about when and where to apply the various punctuations; however, the only instruction I ever got was to just put a comma where you would take a breath. It is a great relief to know the when, where, and why of punctuation, especially when my children want solid answers."
-Paula Wilcox, home schooling mom

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-William J. Puderbaugh, Farsight Education

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-Mary Angel, home schooling mom



Other titles of Jensen's teaching tools:

JENSEN'S PUNCTUATION: an unrivaled punctuation guide that teaches and gives plenty of practice. Systematic and easy to master, it's useful from grade six and up

JENSEN'S VOCABULARY: a thoughtful and systematic approach to learning roots, affixes, and words, this book produces excellent results on standardized tests.

JENSEN'S FORMAT WRITING: teaches structure and organization from the paragraph to the major paper. A must for all students, particularly the college-bound.

A JOURNEY THROUGH GRAMMAR LAND: a series for younger students in story format using experiential learning with illustrations and exercises. Great for remediation also.

SOUND SPELLING: a unique spelling method for grades 5+; all in one book and adaptable for life.

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