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

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W.W. Norton, 2007 - Reference - 181 pages
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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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Really helpful and really easy to read - Goodreads
Practical, easy-to-read guide for argument writing. - Goodreads
Read this as per advice from a respected professor. - Goodreads
I recommend it as a good reference piece to use/have - Goodreads
This is absolutely my jam for teaching college writing. - Goodreads
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Review: They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing

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Good book for struggling writers. My English professor recommended this book as a tool for our research papers and it has definitely helped me form a strong thesis and a strong paper. Read full review

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

User Review  - Madden Swan - Goodreads

Read for teaching ideas. I thought this was well-done and helpful for that purpose. Read full review

About the author (2007)

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.

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