They Say/I Say

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-08-01
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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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 Conversationp. ix
Introduction: Entering the Conversationp. 1
"They Say"p. 15
"They Say": Starting with What Others Are Sayingp. 17
"Her Point Is": The Art of Summarizingp. 28
"As He Himself Puts It": The Art of Quotingp. 39
"I Say"p. 49
"Yes / No / Okay, But": Three Ways to Respondp. 51
"And Yet": Distinguishing What You Say from What They Sayp. 64
"Skeptics May Object": Planting a Naysayer in Your Textp. 74
"So What? Who Cares?": Saying Why It Mattersp. 88
Tying It All Togetherp. 99
"As A Result": Connecting the Partsp. 101
"Ain't so / Is Not": Academic Writing Doesn't Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voicep. 115
"In Other Words": The Art of Metacommentaryp. 123
Entering Class Discussions: A Brief Appendixp. 133
Readingsp. 137
Don't Blame the Eaterp. 139
Hidden Intellectualismp. 142
The Empire of Images in Our World of Bodiesp. 149
Index of Templatesp. 163
Acknowledgmentsp. 177
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