9780393924091

They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter In Academic Writing

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    9780393924091

  • ISBN10:

    0393924092

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/30/2006
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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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.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Demystifying Academic Conversation
Introduction 1(14)
Entering the Conversation
Part 1. ``They Say''
15(34)
``They Say''
17(11)
Starting with What Others Are Saying
``Her Point Is''
28(11)
The Art of Summarizing
``As He Himself Puts It''
39(10)
The Art of Quoting
Part 2. ``I Say''
49(50)
``Yes / No / Okay, But''
51(13)
Three Ways to Respond
``And Yet''
64(10)
Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say
``Skeptics May Object''
74(14)
Planting a Naysayer in Your Text
``So What? Who Cares?''
88(11)
Saying Why It Matters
Part 3. Tying It All Together
99(34)
``As a Result''
101(14)
Connecting the Parts
``Ain't so / Is Not''
115(8)
Academic Writing Doesn't Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice
``In Other Words''
123(10)
The Art of Metacommentary
Entering Class Discussions
133(4)
A Brief Appendix
Readings
137(26)
Don't Blame the Eater
139(3)
David Zinczenko
Hidden Intellectualism
142(7)
Gerald Graff
The Empire of Images in Our World of Bodies
149(14)
Susan Bordo
Index of Templates 163(14)
Acknowledgments 177

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