ISBN-10:
0393065456
ISBN-13:
9780393065459
Pub. Date:
08/06/2007
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Persuasive Writing

They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Persuasive Writing

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Overview

"The Strunk & White of academic writing."—Richard Bullock, Wright State University


As employers, politicians, parents, and other citizens lament the decline of writing skills among Americans, this little book comes to the rescue. An instant bestseller when it first appeared as a college textbook, "They Say / I Say" gives writers precisely what they need to know in the all-important domain of persuasive writing. Cutting through the clutter of educational diagnoses and nostrums, it goes right to the heart of what writers most need to do, and that is to listen to what others are saying (they say), summarize it, and then offer their own argument (I say) as a response. Offering user-friendly templates to help writers make these key moves in their own writing, "They Say / I Say" is already being called the Strunk & White of persuasive writing.

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ISBN-13: 9780393065459
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/06/2007
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.70(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 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. She has published essays on writing in College English, and, with Gerald Graff in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, and College Composition and Communication.

Table of Contents


Preface: Demystifying Academic Conversation     ix
Introduction: Entering the Conversation     1
"They Say"     15
"They Say": Starting with What Others Are Saying     17
"Her Point Is": The Art of Summarizing     28
"As He Himself Puts It": The Art of Quoting     39
"I Say"     49
"Yes / No / Okay, But": Three Ways to Respond     51
"And Yet": Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say     64
"Skeptics May Object": Planting a Naysayer in Your Text     74
"So What? Who Cares?": Saying Why It Matters     88
Tying It All Together     99
"As A Result": Connecting the Parts     101
"Ain't so / Is Not": Academic Writing Doesn't Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice     115
"In Other Words": The Art of Metacommentary     123
Entering Class Discussions: A Brief Appendix     133
Readings     137
Don't Blame the Eater   David Zinczenko     139
Hidden Intellectualism   Gerald Graff     142
The Empire of Images in Our World of Bodies   Susan Bordo     149
Index of Templates     163
Acknowledgments     177

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RandyMetcalfe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
They, Graff and Birkenstein, say that writing well is a lot like entering a conversation. It involves listening to what others have said and summarizing it, fairly, prior to stepping up to add your own true, smart, logical statements or opinions (the I say) which may be in agreement with, at odds with, or both in agreement and disagreement with different aspects of what the they have said. The thesis is presented through a sensible division of chapters into the salient points, first, on how to layout what ¿they say,¿ e.g. with the art of quoting, moving on to a variety of ways to enunciate and clarify what ¿I say¿, and rounding things off with some useful chapters tying it all together. I say that this is an excellent and helpful book for students, whose advice, if followed could alleviate stress, low grades and tears, as one makes one¿s way through academia. The only chapter I found less than convincing was chapter nine on the use of vernacular or argot in academic writing. But perhaps that is due to cultural differences for a non-American reader/student, or because I am now more than 20 years away from direct classroom experience. In any case, the book as a whole should be of great service to students and educators.
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I rented this textbook in my English 101 course at Mason. Being one of my first courses after returning to school as an adult, I was extremely nervous that the text would be dull. This book reads well and provides tangible examples that I was able to use right away; not only in scholastic writing but also at work. I returned the rental and have added this Nook Book to my library.
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I was fortunate enough, to have been taught by both of these brilliant writers, at first i did not lean on the book much because i thought it wouldn`t help, but as the semester went on i used this book for other writing classes as well, it truely is a book to keep in your library because i guarentee no matter if you are in HS or going into graduate school, this book (as well as the other books by the two ) will improve your academic writing(sorry for no periods for some reason my nook does not have it)
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VacaHighTeacher More than 1 year ago
The templates give students concrete examples on how to effectively respond to and/or write an argument paper. I use this with my English Learners as well as my 11th/12th grade Advanced Placement students!
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