13 July 2009

Hurry up school and end!!

They Say, I say written by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein is a book intended to improve one's academic writing skills. It is masterly written and very easy to understand with templates in several subjects such as introduction, quotations, agreeing, disagreeing, and responding, just to name a few. This book is broken down into ten very clear and concise chapters that go right to the heart of what writers most need to do, and that is to listen to what others are saying (they say), summarize it, and then offer their own argument (I say) as a response. There are also a few example readings hidden at the end of the book which illustrate how other people use the authors' techniques. I am currently in the process of writing a ten page research essay and this book is a great help in improving the flow of my argument and the style of my writing. The templates give simple measures to avoid using redundant phrases which get boring after awhile.


  1. Your title might be the greatest thought ever put in to words! I also liked the fact that you took a little bit from every chapter, and summarized it all perfectly.

  2. Seriously? The book's almost 200 pages, we read (or were supposed to read) most of it, and that's all you have to say? Still...you do pretty much summarize the gist of the book. I'd have liked more of your thoughts on the book, though.