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They Say I Say : Moves that Matter in Academic Writing

They Say I Say : Moves that Matter in Academic Writing - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393924091

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ISBN13: 978-0393924091
ISBN10: 0393924092
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 2006
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They Say I Say : Moves that Matter in Academic Writing - 06 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393924091

Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein

ISBN13: 978-0393924091
ISBN10: 0393924092
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 06
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Published: 2006
International: No
Summary

"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.

Author Bio

Gerald Graff, a Professor of English and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and 2008 President of the Modern Language Association of America, has had a major impact on teachers through such books as Professing Literature: An Institutional History, Beyond the Culture Wars: How Teaching the Conflicts Can Revitalize American Education, and, most recently, 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 and co-director of the Writing in the Disciplines program. She has published essays on writing, most recently in College English, and, with Gerald Graff, in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Academe, and College Composition and Communication. She has also given talks and workshops with Gerald at numerous colleges and is currently working on a study of common misunderstandings surrounding academic discourse.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface: Demystifying Academic Conversation ix
Introduction: Entering the Conversation 1
"They Say" 15
"They Say": Starting with What Others Are Saying 17
"Her Point Is": The Art of Summarizing 28
"As He Himself Puts It": The Art of Quoting 39
"I Say" 49
"Yes / No / Okay, But": Three Ways to Respond 51
"And Yet": Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say 64
"Skeptics May Object": Planting a Naysayer in Your Text 74
"So What? Who Cares?": Saying Why It Matters 88
Tying It All Together 99
"As a Result": Connecting the Parts 101
"Ain't so / Is Not": Academic Writing Doesn't Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice 115
"In Other Words": The Art of Metacommentary 123
Entering Class Discussions: A Brief Appendix 133
Readings 137
Don't Blame the Eater David Zinczenko 139
Hidden Intellectualism Gerald Graff 142
The Empire of Images in Our World of Bodies Susan Bordo 149
Index of Templates 163
Acknowledgments 177

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