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

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ISBN-10: 039393361X

ISBN-13: 9780393933611

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, Graff

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"They Say / I Say" shows that writing well means mastering some key rhetorical moves, the most important of which involves summarizing what others have said ("they say") to set up one’s own argument ("I say"). In addition to explaining the basic moves, this book provides writing templates that show students explicitly how to make these moves in their own writing.
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Book details

List price: $22.69
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 245
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.462
Language: English

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 Always Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice
"But Don't Get Me Wrong": The Art of Metacommentary
In Specific Academic Settings
"I Take Your Point": Entering Class Discussions
"What's Motivating This Writer?": Reading for the Conversation
"The Data Suggest": Writing in the Sciences
"Analyze This": Writing in the Social Sciences
Don't Blame the Eater
Hidden Intellectualism
Nuclear Waste
Agonism in the Academy: Surviving the Argument Culture
Index of Templates