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  • Hardcover
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $45.00
  • February 2018
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-64329-9
  • 832 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.

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They Say / I Say

The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing with Readings

Fourth High School Edition


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Cathy Birkenstein (Author, University of Illinois at Chicago), Russel Durst (Author, University of Cincinnati), Gerald Graff (Author, University of Illinois at Chicago)


The best-selling book on academic writing, with readings

The book that has taught millions of students to present their arguments as a response to what “they say” has been expanded to define as broadly as possible who’s included in “they.” Readings demonstrate the moves that matter in academic writing and represent a multitude of perspectives. The Fourth Edition includes an anthology of 40 readings—half of which are NEW—that will prompt students to listen, think, and write about five important issues, including NEW “How Can We Bridge the Differences That Divide Us?”


    Forward: An Invitation to the Conversation

    Preface: Demystifying Academic Conversation

    Introduction: Entering the Conversation


    Part 1. “THEY SAY”

    1. “They Say”: Starting with What Others Are Saying

    2. “Her Point Is”: The Art of Summarizing

    3. “As He Himself Puts It”: The Art of Quoting


    Part 2. “I SAY”

    4. “Yes / No / Okay, But”: Three Ways to Respond

    5. “And Yet”: Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say

    6. “Skeptics May Object”: Planting a Naysayer in Your Text

    7. “So What? Who Cares?”: Saying Why It Matters



    8. “As a Result”: Connecting the Parts

    9. “You Mean I Can Just Say It That Way?”: Academic Writing Doesn’t Always Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice

    10. “But Don't Get Me Wrong”: The Art of Metacommentary

    11. “He Says Contends”: Using the Templates to Revise



    12. “I Take Your Point”: Entering Class Discussions   

    13. “Don’t Make Them Scroll Up”: Entering Online Conversations

    14. “What’s Motivating This Writer?”: Reading for the Conversation

    15.“On Closer Examination”: Writing about Literature

    16. “The Data Suggest”: Writing in the Sciences

    17. “Analyze This”: Writing in the Social Sciences



    18. How Can We Bridge the Differences That Divide Us?


    Sean Blanda, The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb

    danah boyd, Why America Is Self-Segregating

    Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

    J. D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

    Gabriela Moro, Minority Student Clubs: Segregation or Integration?

    Robert Leonard, Why Rural America Voted for Trump

    Joseph Stiglitz, A Tax System Stacked against the 99 Percent

    Barack Obama, Howard University Commencement Speech


    19. Is College the Best Option?


    Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill, Should Everyone Go to College?

    Sanford J. Ungar, The New Liberal Arts

    Charles Murray, Are Too Many People Going to College?

    Liz Addison, Two Years Are Better Than Four 

    Gerald Graff, Hidden Intellectualism  

    Mike Rose, Blue-Collar Brilliance  

    Ben Casselman, Shut Up about Harvard

    Steve Kolowich, On the Front Lines of a New Culture War


    20. Are We in a Race against the Machine?


    Nicholas Carr, Is Google Making Us Stupid?

    Clive Thompson, Smarter than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better  

    Michaela Cullington, Does Texting Affect Writing?

    Jenna Wortham, How I Learned to Love Snapchat

    Carole Cadwalladr, Google, Democracy, and the Truth about Internet Search

    Kenneth Goldsmith, Go Ahead: Waste Time on the Internet

    Sherry Turkle, No Need to Call

    Zeynep Tufekci, Does a Protest’s Size Matter?


    21. What’s Gender Got to Do with It?


    Anne-Marie Slaughter, Why Women Still Can’t Have It All  

    Richard Dorment, Why Men Still Can’t Have It All 

    Raynard Kington, I’m Gay and African American. As a Dad, I Still Have It Easier Than Working Moms.

    Laurie Frankel, From He to She in First Grade

    Andrew Reiner, Teaching Men to Be Emotionally Honest

    Stephen Mays, What about Gender Roles in Same-Sex Relationships?

    Kate Crawford, Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem

    Nicholas Eberstadt, Men Without Work

    22. What’s There to Eat?


    Michael Pollan, Escape from the Western Diet

    *Olga Khazan, Why Don’t Convenience Stores Sell Better Food?

    Mary Maxfield, Food as Thought: Resisting the Moralization of Eating

    David Zinczenko, Don’t Blame the Eater 

    Radley Balko, What You Eat Is Your Business 

    Michael Moss, The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food 

    David H. Freedman, How Junk Food Can End Obesity

    Sara Goldrick-Rab, Katharine Broton, Emily Brunjes Colo, Expanding National School Lunch Program to Higher Education




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    Index of Authors and Titles