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Kyle Garrity Professor Dorothy Howell EN-102-03 Journal 3 due 2/11/08 In the Introduction to "They Say/I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein provide templates designed to aid students in writing academically. Specifically, Graff and Birkenstein argue that the types of writing templates they offer are a great help in transforming students into academic writers. As the authors themselves put it, "In our view, the above template and the others in this book will actually help your writing become more original and creative, not less" (10) Although some people believe the templates actually take away from personal creativity, Graff and Birkenstein insist that the templates do in fact assist in developing creativity. In sum, then, their view is that templates will only help develop creativity in
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Unformatted text preview: young writers. I agree. In my view, the types of templates that the authors recommend allow beginner writers to organize their thoughts while allowing them to see where to provide creativity. For instance, many writers have a problem getting their thoughts down on paper, so the templates would help them organize ideas and visualize the essay. In addition, templates allow focus on creativity and not organization or sentence structure. Some might object, of course, on the grounds that all students will have the same essay structure which takes away from originality. Yet I would argue that writers still have the chance to be creative by really thinking about what to fill in. Overall, then, I believe that templates help avoid writer's block and quickly and easily assist amateur writers into becoming academic writers....
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