Thursday, November 29, 2018

All systems are Go!

Good friends,

The new Second Edition copy of Super Grammar is ready for action!
Of course, the second edition is the very same Super Grammar book that we all know and love!

It has the same pages filled with our super-hero-themed grammar lessons. It includes all of the fun and colorful illustrations for our super-examples. And inside, just as before, you'll find all twenty-nine members of our super-teams:

  • The Completion Team! (parts of a sentence)
  • The Amazing Eight! (parts of speech)
  • The Super Symbols! (punctuation)
  • The Sabotage Squad! (grammar mistakes)

But since this is a second edition, we did take the opportunity to make some improvements!

We've expanded the content of several superheroes. The sections for the Pronoun, the Verb, the Comma, the Apostrophe, and the Conjunction have all been powered up with some light revisions and some helpful additions. In the end, these upgrades will serve as extra defense against the foul ways of the Sabotage Squad.

But as you know, expanded content and light revisions are pretty standard with second edition copies of books, but there is a pretty big change that we did make to Super Grammar, and we're excited to share it with you—we've gone digital!

That's right, brave educators! Super Grammar is evolving and adapting to a new digital format, which means that our second edition book (and any other content we produce), will now be made available as a user-friendly PDF file. And because we decided to switch over to this new digital format, it has allowed us to enlarge our sizing (from the smaller 6"x9") to the larger, printer-friendly 8.5"x11" format. By the way, having this larger format is what gave us the additional room to add the expanded content that we mentioned above, so we're pretty happy about making this change.

And where can you get a copy of the new, full-color, 178 page, digital and downloadable Second Edition copy of Super Grammar?

If you saw our previous post—where we announced the debut of our new 191 page workbook called The Grammar Missions!—you also saw that our plan is to make Super Grammar available through our Teachers Pay Teachers store, and that we'd make an announcement when it was open. Well, friends...

All systems are Go! 

Our TpT store is now officially open, and this is where you'll find all of our
Super Grammar books, worksheets, and other printables.

If you're new to Super Grammar, be sure to use the Preview option on our books. It's a great way to take a look at Super Grammar (our text book) and The Grammar Missions! (our workbook) before deciding if it's the right choice for you.

We're also offering our Power Bundle, which includes both of our Super Grammar books and our Super Grammar mini-posters, all at a discount.

Visit our store by clicking on the banner or by using the menu above:
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Super-Grammar


We recommend Super Grammar as a fun and engaging way to learn the basics of grammar for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. (But truth be told, we pretty much think that Super Grammar is perfect for kids of all ages, even parents who might need a quick refresher course!)

As always, thank you for your support—and may your sentences always be strong!

Sincerely,
The Super Grammar Team

p.s. If you already have a TpT account, feel free to stop by our Super Grammar store and follow us there to be notified about new items through TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Super-Grammar

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Start the countdown!

Dear fellow superheroes,

We have exciting news to share with you!

Our workbook—The Grammar Missions!—is almost ready for release.
The Grammar Missions! workbook is the perfect sidekick to Super Grammar, and it’s filled with over 140 grammar mission assignments.

The training missions that you’ll undertake inside this workbook offer a fun and constructive way to practice and reinforce the lessons you’ve learned in Super Grammar. And, of course, The Grammar Missions! workbook continues with the very same style of superhero-themed examples that you’ve come to expect from Super Grammar.

Where will The Grammar Missions! be available?

Well, friends, that's the other part of today's news that we're excited to share with you. Our workbook and other Super Grammar content will soon be available on Teachers Pay Teachers (Also known as TpT).
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Super-Grammar









As soon as we have a finalized release date (which should be soon!) for our workbook and other items, we will be announcing it here and also through our other top-secret channels (Psssst! I mean facebook and twitter).

That's it for now, but we'll have more information for you soon.

Thank you, friends—and may your sentences always be strong!

Sincerely,
The Super Grammar Team

p.s. If you already have a TpT account, feel free to stop by our Super Grammar store and follow us there to be notified about new items through TpT: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Super-Grammar

Friday, March 4, 2016

Today is a good day.

Happy National Grammar Day, citizens!


And to help you remember that it's a good day to fight for your sentences, we'd like to offer this print-it-yourself National Grammar Day poster from our download page!

This poster (featuring the Subject) is available in two sizes: 8.5"x11" (small) and 17"x22" (large). You can pick the size that works best for you, or you can grab them both. Grab the FREE FILES HERE!

May your Grammar Day be full of fun, laughter, and superheroes. And may your sentences always be strong!

Sincerely,
The Super Grammar Team

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Meet Super Grammar's Author!

Hey Portland-area friends,

I have some super news—I'm doing my first Super Grammar author event in Oregon.


The Beaverton City Library is hosting a local authors fair, and I was invited to join in the fun. The event is on Saturday, April 25th, from 10a.m. to 1p.m. in Beaverton, Oregon (just outside of Portland).

If you're a Super Grammar fan and you're in the area, please stop in to say hello. It's always a great pleasure for me to meet our fans, and I'll be happy to sign your Super Grammar book for you. Plus I'll have some Super Grammar goodies to give away, like bookmarks, stickers, and promo cards. 

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Tony Preciado
(For more info about me, click the AUTHORS link in the tab menu at the top of the page.)

Below are the official flyers for the event, which includes a list of all (27) attending local authors. The library's address is 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton, OR 97005. (here's a LINK to a google map)

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-7OLdRTwtqpU/VQSAjOZVqCI/AAAAAAAABGM/kdNwXpBfD0c/s1600/Author_Event_Flyer.jpg
I'll be at table #26 in Meeting Rooms A & B of the Cathy Stanton Conference Room (highlighted in yellow below).


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Never give up; never surrender!

Happy National Punctuation Day, citizens!

In honor of this mighty occasion, we thought it would be appropriate to shine the super spotlight on a very deserving Super Symbols team member and tell you about her second superpower. This deserving Super Symbol is none other than the elegant and powerful Semicolon.

As most of you know, the Semicolon (;) has a first superpower.
As this super handy mini-poster states, the Semicolon has the power to join two or more independent clauses together. This means that if you have two or more complete sentences that are closely related, you can use a semicolon to properly join them together into one sentence.

For example, here are two complete sentences:

Never give up!
Never surrender!

These two sentences work fine all by themselves. But if we want to join them together to act as one sentence with a unified message, the best and easiest way to join them together is by using a semicolon, like this:

Never give up; never surrender!

Now, thanks to the power of the Semicolon, we have a single sentence with a unified message. And best of all, this sentence is correct.

For a full explanation of the Semicolon's first superpower (complete with super examples!), grab your trusty copy of Super Grammar and turn to the blue color-coded Super Symbols section of the book and review pages 136-138.

And now, citizens, before we move on to the Semicolon's second power, I'd like to remind you that there is a wrong way of connecting two complete sentences—and here it is—never try to join two complete sentences with just a single comma.

For example, if we try to join the same two complete sentences with just a single comma, like this, "Never give up, never surrender!" it would be incorrect.

Commas, all by themselves, simply to do not have the power to join together two complete sentences. So watch out for this common punctuation mistake. Because if you ever do try to join two complete sentences with just a single comma, it means that you've fallen victim to a very tricky member of the Sabotage Squad called the Comma Splice.

To learn more about the Comma Splice and her trickery, grab your faithful copy of Super Grammar and turn to the green color-coded Sabotage Squad section of the book and review pages 168-171.

And now, as promised, good citizens, it's time to learn about the Semicolon's second superpower, and here it is on this second mini-poster:
As this mini-poster states, the Semicolon's second superpower allows her to separate a list of items that occur in a series (just like the Comma's power to list a series. See pages 115-118 in Super Grammar). However, the Semicolon will usually only step in with this power when commas are already being used as a form of punctuation within the listed series. Here's an example: 

We caught these crooks: Mack, the brains; Stack, the muscle; and Slack, the flunky.

The example sentence above is listing a series of three captured crooks (Mack, Stack, and Slack), and each crook has a short description which has been added on with a comma ("the brains," "the muscle," and "the flunky"). 

Since commas are already being used as a form of punctuation within the items being listed, it would be confusing if commas were also used as the form of punctuation to separate the items in the list. So instead of adding more commas (and confusion), the correct way to separate the items in this series is to use semicolons, because semicolons can act as an additional form of punctuation which can clearly and distinctly separate the items of this list.

Excelsior! You now know the Semicolon's second superpower. And if you ever have a list of items in a series, and that list already includes commas, you'll know that you can use the power of the Semicolon to keep things super clear and super correct!

Thank you, good citizens, for joining us on this mighty and worthy day. We hope that you all have an amazing National Punctuation Day! And when it comes to fighting for your sentences and for proper punctuation, we hope that you'll always remember this:

Never give up; never surrender!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Super Symbols, Assemble!

Hey citizens,
Here are a couple of friendly neighborhood messages from the Super Symbols.



It's time to get ready. And don't forget to share the good news—National Punctuation Day is this coming Wednesday.

Cheers!
The Super Grammar Team

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Today We Fight.

Up and at 'em, citizens!

Pick yourselves up. Dust yourselves off. Shake away that weariness, and stand tall. Your sentences need you today!


Yes, I know; fighting for grammar is hard work. It's true. But today we stay strong. Yes, your grammar homework can be tricky. But today we do not give up. And, yes, staying vigilant against grammar mistakes is tiring. But today is March 4th, good citizens, and today we fight.

Sometimes doing the right thing may seem like a thankless job (just ask Superman, Batman, or Spider-man about that), but for those of us who believe in fighting for the greater good, there's no thanks necessary. It's just part of the job.

But if you do choose to join us today—if you do choose to fight for grammar—rest assured that the superheroes of Super Grammar and many, many others will be standing by your side, and we'll all be proud to be part of your team.

Are you ready?

Good. We are too. Let's do this. And, today, may all of our sentences be strong!

In super solidarity,
The Super Grammar Team

FIGHT FOR GRAMMAR GIVEAWAY!
In honor of fighting for grammar on National Grammar Day, we're giving away five (5) Super Grammar power packs! Each power pack includes this:

  • An autographed copy of Super Grammar
  • One (11"x17") National Grammar Day poster
  • A set of four (11"x17") Super Grammar Promo posters
  • A bookmark and stickers.
To enter the giveaway, please use the rafflecopter below. Since National Grammar Day is observed in the U.S., this giveaway is only open to readers with U.S. shipping addresses. (terms and conditions of the giveaway)

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