Presentation on theme: " “W riting […] calls upon writers not simply to express their own ideas, but to do so as a response to what others have said.” ▪ They Say/I Say Gerald."— Presentation transcript:
“W riting […] calls upon writers not simply to express their own ideas, but to do so as a response to what others have said.” ▪ They Say/I Say Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein
The basic idea is this: As a student you will enter into a “conversation of ideas.”
Similarly, “intellectual writing is almost always composed of others’ texts.”
When you enter into a conversation, the first thing you need to do is __________. Your goal is to be able to understand what ___________. Then you can contribute _________________. LISTEN THEY SAY YOUR OPINION
When it comes to writing this conversation, a good way to start is to use a template to organize your ideas.
“In the discussion of _____________, a controversial issue is whether or ___________. While some argue that _________, others contend that __________.
Sample Template (This is your Thesis Statement) My view is that _____. Though I concede that ____________, I still maintain that _______. This issue is important because __________.
In the discussion of the value of life, a controversial issue is whether or not to monetarily compensate the surviving victims of tragic event such as those from 9/11, and how to compensate without a bias. While some argue that placing a dollar amount trivializes the loss and suffering, others contend that an objective dollar amount, i.e. 250K for non economic damages, is a just amount paid to victims of 9/11.
Exercise: Consider what we as a class have discussed regarding Amanda Ripley’s Time article “What is Life Worth?”
Using the template handout, begin to formulate an argument commentating on whether or not Feinberg’s manner in dispensing the federal funds is justifiable. Remember: You are in “conversation” with Ripley so start by stating what she has already said.
So, when you enter into a conversation, the first thing you need to do is __________. Your goal is to be able to understand what ___________. Then you can contribute _________________. LISTEN THEY SAY YOUR OPINION
Now that you’ve formulated your thesis statement, choose some evidence from the text (quotations) that you can use to demonstrate your point. You can choose the words “THEY SAY” that either agree with what you say, or that disagree with what you say. Either way works!
My own view is that ____________. Though I concede that ____________, I still maintain that_______________. The issue is important because________________. What evidence works to prove your point?
Evidence: X observes that, “_________” (Author’s last name Pg #). Commentary: In other words, X _______________. Commentary: Although I agree with X up to a point, I cannot accept his overall conclusion that ______.
Evidence: X tells people that, ________” (Author’s last name Pg #). Commentary: I agree that ___________, a point that needs emphasizing since so many people believe _________. Commentary: In other words, ______________.
Use the “Useful Templates” handout to practice integrating quotations, and to add relevant commentary.