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

The best-selling text/reader on academic writing.

They Say / I Say demystifies academic writing by identifying its key rhetorical moves, the most important of which is to summarize what others have said (“they say”) to set up one’s own argument (“I say”). The book also provides templates to help students make these key moves in their own writing. This version includes readings that demonstrate those moves—and provide stimulating conversations for them to enter. The Second Edition includes an anthology of 44 readings that will provoke students to think—and write—about five important issues, including two new ones: Is Higher Education Worth the Price? and Why Does It Matter Who Wins the Big Game?

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3 Comments

  1. May well improve your grades but not your comprehension I have taught college level composition for decades. I do not particularly admire this text, but I think I understand its popularity. 

  2. College Books I’ve Kept Once a class is finished I usually resell the book online, unless I like the book so much I know I’m going to use it again. That was the case for one of my English books. The title of the book is That book made me enjoy academic writing. Freestyle writing has always been fun for me, but I never liked academic writing. I felt the…

  3. Students Find It Helpful I have used a version of this book for two years in freshman composition classes. Both years I heard students voluntarily exclaim how helpful the book is and that they intend to keep it so they can use it when writing papers for other classes. The first year, I used the version without readings, and I required students to buy an additional book. The following year, I used this version, which comes with its own readings. I will probably use this one (with the readings) again next year to keep…

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