The book that demystifies academic writing, teaching students to frame their arguments in the larger context of what
else has been said about their topic–and providing templates to help them make the key rhetorical moves.
The best-selling new composition book published in this century, in use at more than 1,000 schools, They Say / I Say
has essentially defined academic writing, identifying its key rhetorical moves, the most important of which is to
summarize what others have said (“they say”) to set up one’s own argument (“I say”). The book also provides templates
to help students make these key moves in their own writing.
The Second Edition includes a new chapter on reading that shows students how to read for the larger conversation and
two new chapters on the moves that matter in the sciences and social sciences. line drawings