Editors: Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkstein, and Russel Durst
Fourth Edition, 2018
This book utilizes sentence templates to guide students as they enter academic debates and discourses through writing. A collection of readings concludes the volume, showcasing pertinent issues in society as well as illustrating the concepts of writing outlined in the main text.
- “The art of listening to others”
- Source use: quoting, summarizing, understanding
- Ex: “In discussions of X, one controversial issue has been ________. On the one hand, _____ argues _______. On the other hand, ________ contends _________. Others even maintain ___________. My own view is __________.”
- Responding to sources
- Stating the significance of the writer’s critical intervention
- Templates on agreeing, disagreeing, or both simultaneously
It All Together
- Concluding, Transitioning, and Revising
- Incorporating Voice and Using Metadiscourse
Specific Academic Contexts
- Applying the “They Say/I Say” model to the classroom, online venues, and the social sciences
- Topics: Cultural differences; the nature of college; industrialization and the rise of technology; gender and sexuality; the politics of food
- Templates – useful for first-year students uninitiated in academic expectations
offer a means for students to develop their own interests while seeing the concepts
discussed in the text used by prominent scholars and writers
- They also helpfully collect the majority of class readings in one book rather than students moving back and forth between the book and Canvas PDFs.
- Language is fresh, accessible, and concise. It is not a dry read.
- Templates – students may overly rely on these sample sentences if they struggle to adapt them to their own voice
- Does not provide a conceptual overview of larger facets of writing, such as rhetorical appeals, logical fallacies, etc.
- The structure of the book, in leading with “They Say,” could clash with a class not focusing on source use at the outset.