They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Persuasive Writing by Graff, Gerald, Birkenstein, Cathy published by W. W. Norton & Company (2007)

They Say / I Say: The Moves that Matter in Persuasive Writing by Graff, Gerald, Birkenstein, Cathy published by W. W. Norton & Company (2007)

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dictate that______. The standard way of thinking about topic X has it that______. It is often said that_________. My whole life I have heard it said that__________. You would think that_________. Many people assume that________. These templates are popular because they provide a quick and efficient way to perform one of the most common moves that writers make: challenging widely accepted beliefs, placing them on the examining table and analyzing their strengths and weaknesses. TEMPLATES FOR

as that of “the West.” Despite some repetition, this passage avoids merely restating what Bordo says. Her reference to 62 percent of Fijian girls dieting is no longer an inert statistic (as it was in the flawed passage presented earlier), but a quantitative example of how “the West’s obsession with dieting is spreading…across the globe.” In effect, the framing creates a kind of hybrid text, a mix of Bordo’s words and those of the writer. But is it possible to overexplain a quotation? And how do

composing the kind of sentences I am writing now. Only much later did it dawn on me that the sports world was more compelling than school because it was more intellectual than school, not less. Sports after all was full of challenging arguments, debates, problems for analysis, and intricate statistics that you could care about, as school conspicuously was not. I believe that street smarts beat out book smarts in our culture not because street smarts are non-intellectual, as we generally suppose,

that “inner beauty” is a big laugh in this culture. If they come from communities that traditionally have celebrated voluptuous bodies and within which food represents love, safety, and home, they may feel isolation and guilt over the widening gap between the values they’ve grown up with and those tugging at them now. In the world in which our children are growing up, there is a size zero, and it’s a status symbol. The chronic dieters have been at it since they were 8 and 9 years old. They know

“AND YET” Distinguishing What You Say from What They Say FIVE “SKEPTICS MAY OBJECT” Planting a Naysayer in Your Text SIX “SO WHAT? WHO CARES?” Saying Why It Matters PART 3. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER SEVEN EIGHT “AS A RESULT” Connecting the Parts “AIN’T SO / IS NOT” Academic Writing Doesn’t Mean Setting Aside Your Own Voice NINE “IN OTHER WORDS” The Art of Metacommentary TEN ENTERING CLASS DISCUSSIONS A Brief Appendix READINGS Don’t Blame the Eater DAVID ZINCZENKO Hidden Intellectualism GERALD

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