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They say/I say : the moves that matter in academic writing

Author: Gerald Graff; Cathy Birkenstein
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"At a time when so many lament the decline of writing skills among Americans, They Say/I Say teaches the core moves of effective argumentative writing. Suggesting that there are certain moves that experienced writers use instinctively, and that the moves can be learned, this book offers a number of imaginative templates for doing so. Praised for "demystifying the tricks of the writer's trade," They Say/I Say grows  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks, manuals, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Graff; Cathy Birkenstein
ISBN: 0393924092 9780393924091
OCLC Number: 63108472
Description: xviii,181 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Contents: Preface: Demystifying academic conversation --
Introduction: Entering the conversation --
Pt. 1. "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 --
Pt. 2. "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 care?": saying why it matters --
Pt. 3. Tying it all together. "As a result": connecting the parts ; "Ain't so/Is not": academic writing doesn't mean setting aside your own voice ; "In other words": the art of metacommentary --
Entering class discussions: a brief appendix --
Readings. Don't blame the eater / David Zinczenko ; Hidden intellectualism / Gerald Graff ; The empire of images in our world of bodies / Susan Bordo.
Responsibility: Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein.

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Identifying the moves that matter in academic writing in ways that students can readily understand and apply.  Read more...

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Especially for beginning writers, "They Say / I Say" offers an excellent roadmap to the new world of academic discourse. --Daniel Zimmerman, Middlesex County College"

 
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