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

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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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Have a Super Valentine's Day!

Here's a special Valentine's Day message for all of our Super Grammar-loving friends out there!

And if by chance you're not the mushy type—here's this one instead:

We hope you have a super sweet Valentine's Day, and may your sentences always be strong!

With powerful affection,
The Super Grammar Team

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Super Grammar Highlights of 2013!

Hi everyone,

With 2013 wrapping up, we can't help but take a look back at our first year as a published book. There are a few stand-out highlights, and we thought it would be fun to share them with you.

Our first highlight was a review by blogger Myles McDonnell on his blog: You know, for Kids. This review was especially cool because Mr. McDonnell wrote it based on the way his son, a second-grader (at the time), responded to Super Grammar. Before reading this review, we weren't quite sure whether Super Grammar's teaching format would be effective for a second-grader. But after reading it, we now have our answer! Have a look: http://youknowforkidsblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/new-books-super-grammar.html

Our second highlight is a two-parter. On her Mommy Maestra blog, Monica Olivera shares her valuable experiences and knowledge about homeschooling her two kids in a bilingual setting, and this is what made her review such a super stand-out for us—it was written from the homeschooler's perspective! Check out the fun and creative ways that this homeschooler put Super Grammar into action for her kids: http://www.mommymaestra.com/2013/03/celebrate-national-grammar-day-with.html.

Also, it turns out that, aside from blogging, Mrs. Olivera also writes articles and is a regular contributor to NBC Latino's website (among others), and this is where this turns into a two-part highlight for us. If you'd like a glimpse into why two artists decided to make a book about grammar, take a look at this interview: http://nbclatino.com/2013/01/30/illustrating-duo-creates-comic-book-to-help-students-master-grammar/.

Our last highlight is a big one for us! In their recently published article, Read like a Professor, Write like a Superhero, the School Library Journal calls out a specific list of books for being "models of good literature" and also for helping students meet with Common Core State Standards—and Super Grammar is at the top of the list! We are absolutely honored to be on this list, but what really makes it a special highlight for us is the fact that Super Grammar is now officially recognized for teaching English grammar in a way that meets with these specific Common Core State Standards:
CCSS L.3.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. 3.1a. Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.

CCSS L.3.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. 3.2c.Use commas and quotation marks in dialogue. 3.2d.Form and use possessives.
We're very grateful for this acknowledgement, and we're more than pleased to end our first year as a published grammar book on such a good note. Here's the article: http://www.slj.com/2013/09/standards/curriculum-connections/read-like-a-professor-write-like-a-superhero/.

We hope you all had a great year, too. And if you have a Super Grammar highlight for the year that you wouldn't mind sharing with us—please send it our way—or leave us a comment. We'd love to hear about it!

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

All our best,
The Super Grammar Team

I hope you don't mind, but I (Tony Preciado, Super Grammar's author) would like to add my own personal side note here about the Mommy Maestra blog. You see, I am a parent (I have a wonderful three-year-old daughter who is growing like a super weed), and as a first-generation Mexican-American, I am also bilingual: I speak both English and Spanish. Now, as you might have already guessed, having a strong and clear understanding of English grammar is super important to me. That said, I also very much love that I can speak, read, and write in Spanish (I think of it as one of my superpowers), and I very much want to pass this ability on to my daughter. Anyway, if you're a parent like me, or a homeschooler, or a teacher who is looking for fun, creative, and insightful ways to help your kids or students learn both English and Spanish, I would highly recommend stopping by Mommy Maestra. I have found it to be a wealth of information on the subject.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Have a Super Holiday!

Good citizens,

We hope your holidays are action packed and full of superhero goodness. Keep fighting the good fight, and may your sentences always be strong!

Best wishes,
The Super Grammar Team

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Happy Punctuation Day! (and giveaway)

Happy Punctuation Day, everybody!

In honor of this years National Punctuation Day, we've created a second Super-Grammar-style illustration in the guise of a comic book cover, and here it is:

As you can see, this year's Punctuation Day comic book cover features the Dash, and it also spills the super-beans on how to create a true em dash by typing in a secret code with your computer keyboard. Nope, we're not kidding; you need a secret code to create a dash!

It's true. If you give your computer keyboard the once-over, you'll quickly notice that there is no one key, or even two keys, available for the purpose of creating a proper dash (—). But have no fear, for where there's a super will to use proper punctuation, there is also a super way. And in this case, the way to make a proper dash is by using these secret codes:
  • On a PC: Hold down the Alt key then type 0151
  • On a Mac: Hold down the Shift key and the Option key then type the minus key (-).
  • And in HTML coding: type —
It may seem like a lot of cloak-and-dagger activity for such a simple punctuation mark, but honestly, who doesn't love using super secret codes? (We certainly do.) But more to the point, even though you have to work for it—the dash is worth it!

We hope you enjoy our latest Punctuation Day comic book cover (here's the one from last year), and don't forget to celebrate this Punctuation Day by learning all about the other Super Symbols team members. Simply turn to the blue chapter of your Super Grammar book, or you can use the "LABELS" menu bar (on the right-hand side) to choose a Super Symbols character, or click here!

And... the celebrating isn't over yet. In honor of National Punctuation Day, we're having a giveaway!

Ten (10) lucky people will win a set of our four (11"x 17") Super Grammar Promo posters, including, of course, a Super Symbols poster which features all twelve punctuation team members.

Please use the rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway. (terms and conditions of the giveaway)

Good luck, everybody, and we hope you have a super Punctuation Day!

The Super Grammar Team
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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Happy Birthday, Super Grammar! (and giveaway)

Holy exclamation points! We're one year old!

That's right, citizens; one year ago today, Super Grammar was officially published by Scholastic books and sent out into the world to help everyone better protect and defend their sentences from mistakes and wrongdoing.

With only one short year of existence tucked under its handy-dandy utility belt, Super Grammar is undoubtedly a very young grammar book. But for such a relatively young book, we're very happy and proud to report that Super Grammar has already received two pretty amazing reviews from two very noteable educational book reviewers: the School Library Journal and Booklist. (Read these reviews here!)

That's some truly awesome news—so let's celebrate!

Since it's our birthday, we thought it would be a good idea to give away some of our Super Grammar birthday presents to you!

Here's what you can win in our Super Grammar Birthday Giveaway:

Three (3) lucky grand prize winners will win an autographed copy of Super Grammar, a set of our four (11"x 17") Super Grammar Promo posters, a National Grammar Day poster, a Super Grammar book bag, two bookmarks, and some stickers.

And five (5) lucky runner up winners will win a set of our four (11"x 17") Super Grammar Promo posters, a National Grammar Day poster, two bookmarks, and some stickers.

We know that Super Grammar has friends all around the world, so this giveaway has no borders. Anyone from any country is welcome to enter. (terms and conditions of the giveaway)

Please use the rafflecopter below to enter the giveaway. 

Good luck, and for those of you getting ready for back-to-school, here's our birthday wish for you: May your sentences always be strong!

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Are you ready for the Disagreement?

It's time to get ready for the Sabotage Squad.

But have no fear—Super Grammar is here to help. And we're always ready to stand by your side as you fight your never-ending battle between good and bad grammar!