"They Say/I Say": The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing : with Readings

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W.W. Norton & Company, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 701 pages
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They Say / I Say demystifies academic writing by 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. This version includes readings that demonstrate those moves—and provide stimulating conversations for them to enter. The Second Edition includes an anthology of 44 readings that will provoke students to think—and write—about five important issues, including two new ones: Is Higher Education Worth the Price? and Why Does It Matter Who Wins the Big Game?

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Practical, easy-to-read guide for argument writing. - Goodreads
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This book completely changed the way I wrote papers. I still use it to this day! Even after mounting student debt and too many degrees, this book has stood up to all other boring and inaccessible ... Read full review

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I really enjoyed this book. If anyone knows other great books on teaching writing, please send me your recommendations. I need to read more like this. I feel that sometimes teachers are down on ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

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.

Russel Durst, who edited the readings in "They Say / I Say" with Readings, is head of the English Department at the University of Cincinnati, where he teaches courses in composition, writing pedagogy and research, English linguistics, and the Hebrew bible as literature. A past president of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy, he is the author of several books, including Collision Course: Conflict, Negotiation, and Learning in College Composition.

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