For this class you are working on a number of dimensions of good writing, one of which is effectively writing with readers in mind. The book by Graff and Birkensten, They Say, I Say,(hereafter referred as â€œGraffâ€) is intended to learn structures for presenting ideas with readers as the point of the writing. Therefore, every week youâ€™ll be assigned chapters to read and, following the reading, exercises to complete.
Below is the first activity.
Read Graff: Introduction (pp 1-14), Chapter One (pp 19-28).
After completing the reading, complete the following activity:
The following is a list of arguments that lack a â€œthey sayâ€ â€” any sense of who needs to hear these claims, who might think otherwise. Like the speaker in the cartoon on page 4 who declares that The Sopranos presents complex characters, these one-sided arguments fail to explain what view they are responding to â€” what view, in effect, they are trying to correct, add to, qualify, complicate, and so forth. Your job is to provide each argument listed below with such a counter view, a â€œthey sayâ€ to its â€œI say.â€ Try to use any templates, or variations of these templates, in Chapter One that you find helpful. Iâ€™ve offered you the first one as an example.
The original “I Say”:
Our experiments suggest that there are dangerous levels of chemical X in the Pennsylvania groundwater.
The new version with the added “They Say”:
While some scientists claim that Philadelphiaâ€™s drinking water has never been safer, our experiments suggest that there are dangerous levels of chemical X in the Pennsylvania groundwater.
Now you do it for the following claims. Here are the four “I say” arguments for you to add “they say”:
- Material forces drive history.
- Proponents of Freudian psychology question standard notions of â€œrationality.â€
- Male students often dominate class discussions.
- The film is about problems of romantic relationships.
How to Submit:
Compose your work in a writing program such as Microsoft Word.