14 July 2009

They Say/I Say/Sorry for being late!!

They Say/I Say was a very helpful instrument when it comes to writing papers. I had forgotten the whole nine yards of writing a paper until this semester, and going through this book. I didn't read each chapter thoroughly, but glanced through, and used it when I was trying to put one of our papers together. The templates were very useful, knowing how to come up with a thesis, how to address my audience, the type of genre to use, etc.

I will be using this book throughout my remainder years of college simply because it is handy and points out pretty much everything needed for an academic paper.

Using this book and going back to Easy Writer as a kind of a cross reference can make it easy for anyone preparing a paper. Each chapter of They Say/I Say goes through thoroughly of points one can use on his/her paper, it gives a clear definition of why we should use this certain idea, and gives great example.

They Say This is a Metacommentary, and I say "Sure"

Chapter ten of “They Say/ I Say” is about using metacommentaries. Metacommentaries are commentaries that are used to futher explain a point, or show the signifigance of a point. They can be used in many different ways, for example a title can be a metacommentary. The title tells what the essay is going to be explaining briefly so that you already know what the basic topic of the essay will be before you even read the essay.
I thought this was a good chapter because it gave me more motavation and ideas for our upcoming essay. If my essay still comes up a little short, I can add metacommentaries to futher explain points that I might not have mentioned so clearly. I also thought it figures that our class would have to read this chapter because of the class’ (or maybe it is just mine) little problem with decently naming our essays.
The book “They Say/ I Say” is a very usful book for anyone who has to do any academic writing. It shows many examples and templates for certain writing topics. It teaches easy ways to include a couterarguement into your essay, how to use your own language styles mixed with an academic writing style, how to use quotes in your writing, and of course saying why anything you write matters.

They Say Stuff, Then I Say Stuff...We all Say Stuff

Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein’s book, They Say I Say, presents academic writing on a “how to” and “what not to do” level. They Say I Say discusses many topics, such as how to enter a conversation in the class room, how to include you naysayer’s argument into your writing, how to properly frame quotes, and how to appropriately blend your own voice into your academic writing. The book can serve as a tool for young writers, like high school freshmen. They Say I Say is also packed full of examples and templates to help explain what is going on to academic writers no matter their education level or stage in their writing.
They Say I Say, helped me tremendously in some areas of my writing, such as how to appropriately “frame” quotes, and how to follow up quotes so I sound like I know what I’m talking about. I have a terrible habit of adding quotes where they are not needed, or not “framing” them properly so the reader knows what I’m talking about.
Most recently They Say I Say helped me to get a better grasp on the fine art of putting enough of your own style into your writing that your voice stands out, while still writing to your audience in an appropriate manner. That was golden for someone like me who tends to write, how I speak, slang and all, without thinking about my audience. This book is great. However, They Say I Say is not great because it made me a better writer or even that it was written in such a way that shows the reader how writing can be fun, They Say I Say will stand out in my mind because the templates. I always feel like I know what I want to say but can never find the right way to say it. This is were the templates come in. It seemed like every time I was stuck on how to include my naysayer’s argument or how to frame a quote so it didn’t sound the same at the other quotes, I could just open up the book and find something that fit. I know this book is not the cure for cancer, but I do think, all cheesiness aside, that I will be using this book for a long time to come. It is well written in a “for the people” kind of way, where every topic discussed is for the writer to use as a tool and not some stuffy guide on what writing has to be in order to be good.

Blogging, It's Over!

They Say/I Say a book written by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein is a useful tool when writing academic papers. The book reminds writers of how to get the most out of writing. It helps with templates that will actually make your paper make sense. It offers exerts on different writing styles that help captivate the audience and keep them interested. In the final chapter of They Say/I Say the author write about meta commentary and how interpreting or explaining what the writer means when writing is important. It also discusses how by incorporating meta commentary to your papers will increase the length and information that is provided to the readers. It incorporates how starting with what others are saying and then incorporating your own opinion on the topic. It discusses the importance of summarizing and using the authors views as well as your own. All the chapters in this book have relevance to what makes an academic paper successful. It is then up to the writer to incorporate all the ideas the author has pointed out and add them to make your paper flow smoothly and correctly.

All in all this book offers exercises and templates that will assist any writer in establishing their writing skills. I have found that the tips and template will be a valuable tool while writing my research paper. It will also assist me in my everyday writing and expand my papers. This has been a tool that I will keep for future reference and recommend to other students enrolling in any writing class.

13 July 2009

Say What?

The book They Say, I Say by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein is all about informing writers on how to write good academic papers. It offers tips on how to write complete, well developed papers. It helps with developing good writing skills. In the back of the book is an index full of useful templates that greatly help in writing a good paper. The book contains ten chapters. The chapters focus on how to develop a good argument in a paper and to support that argument. Just like the title of the book, They Say, I Say, an argument in academic work should have the writers opinion as well as somone else's. The chapters also focus on how to make academic writing relate to the audience, after all, the audience can't be left in the dust when reading a paper.

This book is very helpful when writing essays. It will definitely come in handy as I write my research essay. The templates will help out a lot.

Meta what?

In the book by Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein They Say I Say The moves that Matter in Academic writing. This book was full of ideas on how to write good papers and getting clear ideas and thoughts out on paper so that others who read the paper can understand what is being read and have no room to look at what is being written in another way. It was said by the authors that no matter how much is written it can always be understood another way that why the writer has to be very clear on their ideas and make sure that each idea is supported by one another. The authors also give exercises to do to help improve the writing of someone. These exercises also help to clarify the authors ideas of how to write papers and what they are trying to get across what they want the reader to take from this book and each chapter. This book was interesting for me, because it has been a while since I have been in school so writing all these papers has not be the easiest thing to do this summer. I wish I had looked at this book a little more before beginning all these papers and blogs but at least I have been exposed to other ideas of writing and exercises to help me collect my ideas and brainstorm what I need to put down on paper.


This little but very informative book helps people to become creative writers. It shows the importance of knowing what you are talking about before telling an audience because you dont want your audience to be unsure of what you are saying. This book helps to clear your ideas so that they make sense. It says in this book that it helps us to enter into a conversation knowing what's going on but also letting people hear about your own ideas. First you hear what "they say" and then you add in what "I say". This is useful in an argument. This book uses a lot of templates which are useful when it comes to giving ideas about what to say or write about. A lot of our words start to become repeated in different paragraphs, this becomes boring to the audience and they could lose focus on what you are saying. This book is about learning how to explain what you are trying to write or say in a way to keep your audience involved. It shows us the right way to state our opinion, and how to do it in a way we convince our audience or at least keep them entertained. This book says alot and can be used as a really good reference. It shows us how to use quotations, and proper ways to write sentences. It also tells us that to become better writers we must question what we are saying. This will identify who cares when reading our papers. Lastly always read over your writing, see if it makes sense and is keeping the readers informed.

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.