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As employers, politicians, parents, and other citizens lament the decline of writing skills among Americans, this little book comes to the rescue. An instant bestseller when it first appeared as a college textbook, They Say/I Say gives writers precisely what they need to know in the all-important domain of persuasive writing. Cutting through the clutter of educational diagnoses and nostrums, it goes right to the heart of what writers most need to do, and that is to listen to what others are saying (they say), summarize it, and then offer their own argument (I say) as a response. Offering user-friendly templates to help writers make these key moves in their own writing, They Say/I Say is already being called the Strunk & White of persuasive writing.
Table of Contents
|Preface: Demystifying Academic Conversation||p. ix|
|Introduction: Entering the Conversation||p. 1|
|"They Say"||p. 15|
|"They Say": Starting with What Others Are Saying||p. 17|
|"Her Point Is": The Art of Summarizing||p. 28|
|"As He Himself Puts It": The Art of Quoting||p. 39|
|"I Say"||p. 49|
|"Yes / No / Okay, But": Three Ways to Respond||p. 51|
|"And Yet": Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say||p. 64|
|"Skeptics May Object": Planting a Naysayer in Your Text||p. 74|
|"So What? Who Cares?": Saying Why It Matters||p. 88|
|Tying It All Together||p. 99|
|"As A Result": Connecting the Parts||p. 101|
|"Ain't so / Is Not": Academic Writing Doesn't Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice||p. 115|
|"In Other Words": The Art of Metacommentary||p. 123|
|Entering Class Discussions: A Brief Appendix||p. 133|
|Don't Blame the Eater||p. 139|
|Hidden Intellectualism||p. 142|
|The Empire of Images in Our World of Bodies||p. 149|
|Index of Templates||p. 163|
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