"They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing / Edition 2by Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein
Pub. Date: 01/15/2010
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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.
- Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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- Second Edition
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- 5.20(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.50(d)
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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!
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.
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Get way to get your mind started when writing a paper, awesome templates!!