“They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Third Edition)

The best-selling book on academic writing—in use at more than 1,500 schools.

“They Say / I Say” identifies the key rhetorical moves in academic writing, showing students how to frame their arguments in the larger context of what others have said and providing templates to help them make those moves. And, because these moves are central across all disciplines, the book includes chapters on writing in the sciences, writing in the social sciences, and—new to this edition—writing about literature.

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3 Comments

  1. Excellent book, good price I teach composition/rhetoric at a two-year college and I have required the previous (second) edition of this book for a couple years. 

  2. My Ivy League mentor impressed by improvements I made using tips from this book I am in a Ph.D. program at Cornell University, but having already completed an undergrad and a Master’s degree, I thought my writing was pretty good. However, after using the tips from this book, my Ivy League professor told me my work had substantially improved. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their writing. I also recommend “Making Sense in the Life Sciences: A Student’s Guide to Writing and Research” for anyone looking to help organize lots of…

  3. A Major Resource for Incorporating Others’ Ideas into a College-Level Argument This book could be used for advanced HS students in its entirety. With scaffolding, the book is a fruitful resource for explaining and supporting the writing of the college level argument. The templates, though they may seem simplistic or mechanical, provide helpful models and scaffolds for the many “moves” in the written argument. The book doesn’t cover rhetorical devices, but I have found that teaching each separately helps students. 

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