Essay Tune Up

Essay Tune Up is a 40+ page eBook in convenient PDF format that you can read on your computer or tablet.

Based on my 10 Days of Teaching Writing posts, Essay Tune Up includes 7 simple formulas for teaching essay writing plus 13 printables.


What is Covered in Essay Tune Up

  • prewriting
  • word choice
  • introduction paragraphs
  • conclusion paragraphs
  • generating details
  • sentence variety
  • transitions

Plus I share tips about giving feedback on essays and explain why you should consider a peer editing workshop for your homeschooled writers.

Just as your car needs periodic tune ups, writers need periodic reminders of the principles of writing. In this way, Essay Tune Up is a supplement to your existing writing curriculum.

The reproducible graphic organizers  present the tips in ways that are easy for young writers to quickly apply.

The material is designed for grades 6-10, but can be used with students from fourth grade and up. It can be worked through in sequence, taking from two weeks to several months. Or the teaching ideas and reproducible pages can be used any time during the school year when you need help to teach a tough aspect of essay writing.


You can safely purchase Essay Tune Up eBook with PayPal at for only $5.79. Immediately after your secure purchase at ejunkie, you will receive a link where you can download and save the eBook.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Joyfulmomof6 September 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm

I purchased the bundle yesterday and I am so happy with it!
Even as a 13 year veteran (mostly) Charlotte Mason homeschooler, I gleaned many insights and helpful ideas.

It took me many, many years homeschooling before I ever was confident enough to “think outside the box” like this; I commend you for doing this a younger homeschooling mom and helping others to do the same.
Many blessings,


Kim October 2, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Hi Jimmie, would this Essay Tune up work for 5 paragraph essays?


Jimmie Lanley October 3, 2014 at 9:28 am

Kim, That is the whole focus of the guide. It’s a perfect fit.


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