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Part 2. They Say I Say. I Say Stage: Offering Your Argument to What They Say. Three Ways : Agreeing , Disagreeing , or Combination Make your position clear in the beginning

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Part 2

Part 2

They Say I Say


I say stage offering your argument to what they say
I Say Stage: OfferingYour Argument to WhatThey Say

  • ThreeWays: Agreeing, Disagreeing, or Combination

  • Makeyour position clear in the beginning

  • Having a specific stance does not limityou and itallowsyourreader to understandyourthoughtsfrom the verybeginning

  • Templates:

    • I am of twominds. I agreethat ______, but I cannotagreethat _____.

    • Althoughsomereadersmightthinkthatthispoemis about _____, itis in fact about _____.


Disagree and explain why
Disagree and ExplainWhy

  • Have to do more than I disagree, must providereasons:

    • I think X ismistakenbecausesheoverlooks _____

    • X’s claim that_____restsupon the questionableassumptionthat ____.

    • By focusing on _____, X overlooks the deeperproblem of _____.

    • The twist it move: page 55. Making a disagreementstatement and makeitassertyour opinion.


Agree but with a difference
Agree—but with a difference

  • Don’tsimplyechoviews

  • Open up difference, even in your agreement

    • I agreethat____becausemyexperience____confirmsit.

    • X issurely right about ___because, as shemay not beaware, recentstudies have shownthat____.

    • I agreethat ____, a point thatneedsemphasizingsincesomany people believe ____.

    • Scared to repeat the obvious, see page 59.


Agree and disagree
Agree and Disagree

  • Although I agreewith X up to the point, I cannotaccepthisoverall conclusion that ______.

  • Though I concedethat _____, I stillinsistthat _____.

  • X is right that ____, but sheseems on more dubiousgroundwhenshe claims that

  • I’m of twominds : page 61


Distinguishing between they say and i say
DistinguishingBetweenThey Say and I Say

  • Making sure the readerknowswhichthoughts are yours

  • Look atexample on page 65.

  • Myownview, however, isthat ____.

  • Avoidtoomuch I statements, page 69.

  • If you are afraidthatyoudon’t know how to distinguishyourthoughtsfromyourauthors, youcanlook at page 70.


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