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“They Say / I Say”: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing (Fifth Edition)
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Year: 2021
ASIN: 0393935841
ISBN: 0393538737

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

The rhetoric-reader loved by students everywhere.

This is the book that demystifies academic writing and shows how to engage with the views of others with practical advice and readings that represent a multitude of perspectives and disciplines. Extensively revised thanks to feedback from our community of adopters, this edition features a new chapter on Research, new exercises, expanded support for reading, and twenty-six new readings about five important questions that matter, including the new chapter “Why Care about the Planet?”

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About the Book

“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.

“‘They Say / I Say’ reveals the language of academic writing in a way that students seem to understand and incorporate more easily than they do with other writing books.  Instead of a list of don’ts, the book provides a catalog of do’, which is always more effective.”  –Amy Lea Clemons, Francis Marion University.

“It offers students the formula, as academic writers, all carry in our heads”  –Karen Gardiner, University of Alabama