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They Say/I Say

In a critical response essay to the preface and introduction to Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein’s They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing, one of my students wrote the following in her introduction:

They say that using a template formate can help to form powerful written opinions. They say I can start to, “Challenge standard ways of thinking.” They say that their format will enable me to become a more original and creative writer. I say, “I want to read more!” The preface and introduction to They Say/I Say is a format of writing that I have never read about before, and although I question the times in which I can use it, I can already see the huge impact this template can have on my future writing career.

Wonderful! I look forward to reading this student’s papers! (And maybe I’m so excited because the essays I’ve read thus far lack the spunk and attitude that this student exhibits.)

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