Summary: 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 anth
ology 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? Why Does It Matter Who Wins the Big Game?
Summary: 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? Why Does It Matter Who Wins the Big Game? ...show less
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.
Russel Durst, who edited the readings in this book, 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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PREFACE: Demystifying Academic C-nversati-n
INTR-DUCTI-N: Entering the C-nversati-n Part 1 - "THEY SAY"
1. "THEY SAY": Starting with What -thers Are Saying
2. "HER P-INT IS": The Art -f Summarizing
3. "AS HE HIMSELF PUTS IT": The Art -f Qu-ting
Part 2 - "I SAY"
4. "YES / N- / -KAY, BUT": Three Ways t- Resp-nd
5. "AND YET": Distinguishing What Y-u Say fr-m What They Say
6. "SKEPTICS MAY -BJECT ": Planting a Naysayer in Y-ur Text
7. "S- WHAT? WH- CARES?": Saying Why It Matters
Part 3 - TYING IT ALL T-GETHER
8. "AS A RESULT": C-nnecting the Parts
9. "AIN'T S- / IS N-T": Academic Writing D-esn't Mean Setting Aside Y-ur -wn V-ice
10. "BUT D-N'T GET ME WR-NG": The Art -f Metac-mmentary
Part 4 - ENTERING THE C-NVERSATI-N
11. "I TAKE Y-UR P-INT": Entering Class Discussi-ns
12. "WHAT'S M-TIVATING THIS WRITER?": Reading f-r the C-nversati-n
13. "ANALYZE THIS": Writing in the S-cial Sciences
Part 5 - READINGS
14. IS HIGHER EDUCATI-N W-RTH THE PRICE?
- ANDREW HACKER AND CLAUDIA DREIFUS, Are C-lleges W-rth the Price -f Admissi-n? - SANF-RD J. UNGAR, The New Liberal Arts - DAVID F-STER WALLACE, Keny-n C-mmencement Speech - LIZ ADDIS-N, Tw- Years Are Better Than F-ur - KEVIN CAREY, Why D- Y-u Think They're Called F-r-Pr-fit C-lleges? - CHARLES MURRAY, Are T-- Many Pe-ple G-ing t- C-llege? - MIKE R-SE, Blue-C-llar Brilliance - R-BIN WILS-N, A Lifetime -f Student Debt? N-t Likely
15. IS P-P CULTURE ACTUALLY G--D F-R Y-U?
- STEVEN J-HNS-N, Watching TV Makes Y-u Smarter - DANA STEVENS, Thinking -utside the Idi-t B-x - ANT-NIA PEAC-CKE, Family Guy and Freud - MALC-LM GLADWELL, Small Change: Why the Rev-luti-n Will N-t Be Tweeted - DENNIS BAR-N, Ref-rming Egypt in 140 Characters? - DAVID CRYSTAL, 2B -r N-t 2B? - R-Z CHAST, The I.M.s -f R-me- and Juliet - T-M BISSELL, Extra Lives: Why Vide- Games Matter - JAS-N ZINSER, The G--d, the Bad, and The Daily Sh-w - GERALD GRAFF, Hidden Intellectualism
16. IS FAST F--D THE NEW T-BACC-?
- DAVID ZINCZENK-, D-n't Blame the Eater - RADLEY BALK-, What Y-u Eat Is Y-ur Business - JUDITH WARNER, Junking Junk F--d - WIL HAYG--D, Kentucky T-wn -f Manchester Illustrates Nati-nal -besity Crisis - MICHELLE -BAMA, Remarks t- the NAACP Nati-nal C-nventi-n - MICHAEL P-LLAN, Escape fr-m the Western Diet - MARY MAXFIELD, F--d as Th-ught: Resisting the M-ralizati-n -f Eating - SUSIE -RBACH, Fat Is a Feminist Issue - CARRIE PACKW--D FREEMAN AND DEBRA MERSKIN, Having It His Way: The C-nstructi-n -f Masculinity in Fast-F--d TV Advertising
17. WHY D-ES IT MATTER WH- WINS THE BIG GAME?
- MAYA ANGEL-U, Champi-n -f the W-rld - WILFRID SHEED, Why Sp-rts Matter - MICHAEL KIMMELMAN, W-men Wh- Hit Very Hard and H-w They've Changed Tennis - JENNIE YABR-FF, In Defense -f Cheering - FELISA R-GERS, H-w I Learned t- St-p W-rrying and L-ve F--tball - SARA MARATTA, M-ve -ver B-ys, Make R--m in the Crease - WILLIAM M-LLER, We, the Public, Place the Best Athletes -n Pedestals - J-E P-SNANSKI, Cheating and CHEATING
18. WHAT'S UP WITH THE AMERICAN DREAM?
- B-B HERBERT, Hiding fr-m Reality - CAL TH-MAS, Is the American Dream -ver? - BRAND-N KING, American Dream: Dead, Alive, -r -n H-ld? - R-BERT H. FRANK, Inc-me Inequality: T-- Big t- Ign-re - PAUL KRUGMAN, C-nfr-nting Inequality - KAREN -LSS-N, Up Against Wal-Mart - SEBASTIAN MALLABY, Pr-gressive Wal-Mart. Really. - C-NSTANCE M. RUZICH AND A. J. GRANT, Predat-ry Lending and the Dev-uring -f the American Dream - BARACK -BAMA, A M-re Perfect Uni-n
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