They Say / I Say The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing

ISBN-10: 0393924092
ISBN-13: 9780393924091
Edition: 2006
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Description: At a time when so many lament the decline of writing skills among Americans, They Say/I Say teaches the core moves of effective argumentative writing. Suggesting that there are certain moves that experienced writers use instinctively, and that the  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 191
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

At a time when so many lament the decline of writing skills among Americans, They Say/I Say teaches the core moves of effective argumentative writing. Suggesting that there are certain moves that experienced writers use instinctively, and that the moves can be learned, this book offers a number of imaginative templates for doing so. Praised for "demystifying the tricks of the writer's trade," They Say/I Say grows from Gerald Graff's award-winning Clueless in Academe.

Gerald Graff is a professor of English and education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of several books including 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 is the author along with Gerald Graff of They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing.

Preface: Demystifying Academic Conversation
Introduction: Entering the Conversation
"They Say"
"They Say": Starting with What Others Are Saying
"Her Point Is": The Art of Summarizing
"As He Himself Puts It": The Art of Quoting
"I Say"
"Yes / No / Okay, But": Three Ways to Respond
"And Yet": Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say
"Skeptics May Object": Planting a Naysayer in Your Text
"So What? Who Cares?": Saying Why It Matters
Tying It All Together
"As a Result": Connecting the Parts
"Ain't so / Is Not": Academic Writing Doesn't Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice
"In Other Words": The Art of Metacommentary
Entering Class Discussions: A Brief Appendix
Readings
Don't Blame the Eater
Hidden Intellectualism
The Empire of Images in Our World of Bodies
Index of Templates
Acknowledgments

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