They say / I say : the moves that matter in academic writing (Book, 2010) [Trinity College]
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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 & Co., 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
The best-selling new composition book published in this century, in use at more than 1,000 schools, They Say / I Say has essentially defined academic writing, identifying its key rhetorical moves, the most important of which is to summarize what others have said to set up one's own argument. The book also provides templates to help students make these key moves in their own writing. The Second Edition includes a new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Graff; Cathy Birkenstein
ISBN: 9780393933611 039393361X
OCLC Number: 286490473
Description: xxvi, 245 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Contents: "They say": starting with what others are saying --
"Her point is": the art of summarizing --
"As he himself puts it": the art of quoting --
"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 cares?": saying why it matters --
"As a result": connecting the parts --
"Ain't so/ is not": academic writing doesn't always mean setting aside your own voice --
"But don't get me wrong": the art of metacommentary --
"I take your point": entering class discussions --
"What's motivating this writer?": reading for the conversation --
"The data suggest": writing in the sciences --
"Analyze this": writing in the social sciences --
Readings: don't blame the eater / David Zinczenko --
Readings: hidden intellectualism / Gerald Graff --
Readings: nuclear waste / Richard A. Muller --
Readings: agonism in the academy / Deborah Tannen --
Index of templates.
Responsibility: Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein.


The book that demystifies academic writing, teaching students to frame their arguments in the larger context of what else has been said about their topic-and providing templates to help them make the  Read more...
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