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"They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing / Edition 2

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The best-selling new composition book published in this century, in use at more than 1,000 schools, They Say / I Say has essentially defined academic writing, identifying its key rhetorical moves, the most important of which is to summarize what others have said (“they say”) to set up one’s own argument (“I say”). The book also provides templates to help students make these key moves in their own writing.

The Second Edition includes a new chapter on reading that shows students how to read for the larger conversation and two new chapters on the moves that matter in the sciences and social sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393933611
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/2010
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 245
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gerald Graff, a Professor of English and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and 2008 President of the Modern Language Association of America, has had a major impact on teachers through such books as Professing Literature: An Institutional History, Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education, and, most recently, Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind.

Cathy Birkenstein is a lecturer in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and co-director of the Writing in the Disciplines program. She has published essays on writing, most recently in College English, and, with Gerald Graff, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, and College Composition and Communication. She has also given talks and workshops with Gerald at numerous colleges and is currently working on a study of common misunderstandings surrounding academic discourse.

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They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i needed this book for my college English class. It is super easy to understand and has helped me become a better writer already and I'm only 3 chapters in! it is a must!
WTVCrimeDawg More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in academic and other forms of argumentative writing. It is especially relevant for college freshman. This book is very well written and organized. In addition, the authors include an index of templates in the back for quick reference. I enjoyed the readings in the back as well. Indeed, after combining the lessons learned from this book with my previous classroom studies, I was able to analyze David Zinczenko's "Don't Blame the Eater" for the following rhetorical moves and techniques: They Say / I Say, "So What?" and "Who Cares?", Planting a Naysayer, transitions, ethos, logos, pathos, kairos, exigency, conflict, a good beginning and ending, alliteration, and great creative word choice that complement his overall theme. Yet some readers may challenge the notion of templates. They will probably argue that templates stifle creativity. However, I believe that templates provide a strong foundation for academic writing that do not stifle creativity. There are enough choices among the templates and enough blank space within each template that the writer can be very creative when presenting his or her argument. In fact, I would argue that the writer will become even more creative after mastering the rhetorical moves. In short, this book is a must-have for all students and professionals who are serious about their writing and academic career.
NathanaelS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very informative little guide about how to write more effectively. Tools to help you communicate your ideas.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know what I think about it but I is a very interesting book.
Phi_Anna More than 1 year ago
Get way to get your mind started when writing a paper, awesome templates!!