Wednesday, February 27, 2019

National Grammar Day Sale!

Friends,

National Grammar Day is just around the corner—it's this coming Monday. And to celebrate this mighty day, we're having a sale!



The sale starts this Friday, March 1st, and goes through all of Monday, March 4th.

Everything in our TpT Super Grammar Store will be 20% off.

Our Teachers Pay Teachers store is where Parents and teachers can go to get Super Grammar goods as a digital download (in PDF format) to use in their homes and in their classrooms.

Both of our Super Grammar books are available on TpT:

Learn grammar with superheroes from our textbook: Super Grammar.
(Click me to learn more about the new second edition of Super Grammar.)

Practice grammar with superheroes in our workbook: The Grammar Missions!
(Click me to learn more about The Grammar Missions!)

And for extra saving, be sure to check out the Super Grammar Power Bundle—which includes Super Grammar, The Grammar Missions, and the Super Grammar Mini-Posters—all of them bundled at a special price.

Visit our Teachers Pay Teachers Store by following this link or by typing it into your browser: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Super-Grammar

To all of our superhero-loving friends out there who believe that their sentences are worth fighting for, we're proud to stand with you. Have a great National Grammar Day, and may your sentences always be strong!

Sincerely,
The Super Grammar Team

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

The Origin Story

When I was a kid, I had a rough time with grammar.

Believe it or not; it didn't greatly interest me.

Yup, no kidding. Grammar didn't interest me much at all. In fact, you might actually say that I didn't like learning grammar. And if you really pressed me on it; if you really wanted to know how I felt at the time—then I probably would have said something like this: "I hate grammar."

Of course, there was more to it than that. After all, I was just a kid. I didn't truly hate grammar. The real truth is, like any of my other classmates, I just wanted to be able to write good sentences. I really did! I was just feeling frustrated and confused because I was struggling with it. And when you're a kid and you get frustrated and confused by something, it's not long before you start saying that you hate it.

So, how do I fix this?

How do I help this kid who is struggling with grammar?

How do I help this young kid who is me, the one who is smart, the one who is curious, the one who secretly loves words (especially fantastic and unusual words, like uncanny, fortitude, and vertigo)?

How do I help that kid who will some day grow up to be a writer, even though the very idea of it seems like a completely impossible dream?

Fate

One fateful day, I told the tale of my childhood struggles with grammar to a good friend of mine.

You'll never believe what he told me. He said that he had the very same frustrating experience with grammar as a kid. Our stories were practically identical in every way. It was uncanny.

We felt compelled to continue our conversation, and the more we talked about it, the more we began to realize that maybe by working together—just maybe—we could actually do something to help. But what?

We had to come up with a plan, so that's what we did.

The Plan
 Our plan was simple:
  1. Create our own grammar book.
  2. Travel back in time to give ourselves this grammar book. 
It was a brilliant plan!

We decided that we should move forward with it right away, so that's what we did.

The Prime Directive

The first part of our plan was to create our own grammar book. But before starting any work, we agreed that we should follow one very major, super-ultimate, mega-supreme guiding principle:

Make the grammar book
we wish we had when we were kids.

After all, this grammar book was not for us; it was for our younger selves. It only made sense that we should make it with them in mind—so that's what we did.

With our prime directive firmly in place to guide us, we were finally ready to start.

It was a good feeling, and it gave us hope that, maybe with a little luck, it wouldn't be long before our grammar book started to take shape.

Luck

As luck would have it, my friend and I both loved comic books and superheroes.

We knew everything about our favorite superheroes. In fact, we had memorized every detail about them: their true names, code-names, secret identities, superpowers, strengths, weaknesses, hide-outs, home worlds, their allies, their enemies, arch-enemies, minor rivals, and (of course) their origin stories.

Pretty much everything that revolved around superheroes and supervillains was interesting and inspiring to us. We loved their costumes and their various personalities. Their mysterious and amazing superpowers captured our imaginations, especially the odd-ball superpowers, like having the ability to smack someone with the force of a ton of bricks.

And then... BLAM! The idea hit me like a ton of bricks—what if we made a grammar book that teaches grammar with superheroes and supervillains? 

It was a brilliant plan!

Without hesitation, my friend and I unanimously agreed that we should use a superhero-themed format for our grammar book, so that's what we did.

Perfect

We almost couldn't believe how well it was working.

The elements of grammar became superheroes. The grammar mistakes became the supervillains. And with these two forces in place, we were able to set the stage for the classic superhero struggle—the never-ending battle between right and wrong!

And it didn't stop there.

The artwork, graphics, and colors were comic-book inspired. Every explanation and example-sentence we used was related to superheroes or superpowers. Everything for our grammar book revolved around the superhero genre—everything.

It was perfect.

We had to wonder, was this our superpower?

Whatever it was, all we truly knew was that we had to keep going until we finished, so that's what we did.

The Inevitable

My friend and I put in the time. We did the work that was needed of us. We never gave up. And then it finally happened; the inevitable day came when we had finished our grammar book.

There was only one thing left to do for it. It needed a name.

But what should we call our grammar book, the one that teaches grammar with superheroes and supervillains?

My friend casually suggested that we simply call it Super Grammar.

It was brilliant!

Super Grammar was the perfect name to give to our grammar book, so that's what we did.

And just like that, we were ready for the second part of our plan: travel back in time and give Super Grammar to our younger selves.

Time Travel

(This cannot be overstated: time travel is messy business, and it should be avoided at all costs.)

I wish I could explain all of the alternate timelines involved and the temporal paradox we created, and how we had to repair the very fabric of space and time so that everything in the universe didn't implode; but honestly, I'm not exactly sure that I fully understand it all myself.

So instead, I'll just skip right to the good news—our plan worked!

We delivered Super Grammar to our younger selves, and you know what... it was the grammar book we always wished we had.

We had done it. We had helped those two kids to have an easier time with grammar. And in the end, that's what made it all worthwhile.

 A Ton of Bricks

And then... BLAM!  It hit us like a ton of bricks!

Maybe our work wasn't finished.

Maybe—just maybe—we can use Super Grammar to help other kids who might be struggling with grammar right now. Maybe we can expand Super Grammar by adding a workbook. And maybe after that, we can keep building upon Super Grammar and make it accessible to the world.

It was a brilliant plan, so that's what we did.

(And even though the Super Grammar story hasn't really ended yet, we thought that this was a very good beginning.)

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!