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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic approach to teaching persuasive writing, July 28, 2006
This review is from: They Say/I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Paperback)
I received this book too late to use it for my persuasive writing class. While I had moderate success with my other book, Everything's an Argument, I would certainly use this book if I had to do it all over again.

They Say/I Say is a short book with a simple premise -- it correctly states that no argument occurs in a vacuum, but must depend upon what others have to say about it. Moreover, the authors believe one of the principle difficulties which students have with persuasive writing is an inability to correctly utilize these necessary ingredients (introduce what others have to say on the subject, and then present their own voice on the matter). Though I am not a writing teacher, I have found this to be the case in my classes.

TSIS summarizes the important aspects of this conversation in persuasive writing and provides templates for students to summarize what others say, introduce their own points, and perform various other techniques. While one may think the use of such templates leads to formulaic writing, the authors suggest the opposite is the case. By understanding how to shape their ideas, students can learn to better express their orginal thoughts, thus making their writing more individual.

While I am inclined to agree, TSIS is not perfect. It certainly cannot be used as a thorough textbook on all persuasive writing, nor am I completely convinced that the exercises provided in the book are the most effective at using the templates in student writing. If teachers can get students to incorporate the ideas of TSIS into student's writing, however, they will accomplish much. Check it out for yourself.
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Initial post: Aug 16, 2009 12:01:08 PM PDT
Adrienne says:
Hello, do anyone have this book to offer? I need it for my English class. Thanks

Posted on Jan 12, 2011 5:01:11 AM PST
Interesting!
"By understanding how to shape their ideas, students can learn to better express their orginal thoughts, thus making their writing more individual."

Excellent review!

- [[ASIN:1419686119 author Sam]

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 5:32:09 PM PDT
CeeCee says:
How different is this 2nd edition from the 3rd edition?
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