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They Say / I Say The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing Insights and Templates from the book by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
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Practice and Basic Moves Think about an activity that you do particularly well Playing a sport (basketball, football, field hockey, tennis) Playing an instrument (piano, guitar, flute) Artwork (drawing, painting, ceramics) Everyday activities (driving a car, brushing teeth, tying shoes)
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Practice and Basic Moves Performing this activity depends on: Having learned a series of complicated moves Practice and repetition Same applies to writing: Accomplished writers rely on established moves for communicating sophisticated ideas.
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Entering the Conversation Best Academic Writing Deeply engages in some way with other people’s views “write the voices of others into your text” You enter a conversation, using what others say (or might say) as a launching pad or sounding board for your own ideas.
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Entering the Conversation In the real world we make arguments because someone has said or done something (or perhaps not said or done something) and we need to respond Ex. “I can’t see why you like the Lakers so much.” “I agree: it was a great film.” “That argument is contradictory.”
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Without other people’s opinions there would be no
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