I want a wife is a very thought-provoking essay, it sheds light upon how demanding men really are. It also goes to show how women have to work their socks off to keep everyone at home happy and content. Wives are expected to take care […]
The ability of a to express his/her thoughts is the primary ingredient that brings mastery over argumentative writing. Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein, in their book, They Say/I Say The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, provides a handful of key templates that would benefit academic writing for the students to convert their ideas effectively. According to the authors, the key for any academic writing is in engaging with the ideas of others, while asserting one’s own ideas in a less judgmental way.
In the chapter, “Her Point Is”, the authors stress the importance of the art of summarizing. Placing a persuasive argument requires a substantial summarizing of the facts and opinions of other authors, in line with your own opinions regarding the topic. A summary is not just the response to an idea but a structured content that balances its focus on the original idea and the particular topic that is to be addressed. “A good summary, in other words, has a focus or spin that allows the summary to fit with your own agenda while still being true to the text you are summarizing.” (Graff and Birkenstein 34) It is essential that a summary must stress on the elements or points related to the argument to be presented, rather than listing off all the points without any main focus. The primary intention of summarizing is that it must allow the readers to get a grip on the topic, without agreeing or disagreeing with the idea behind the content.
The chapter, “So What? Who Cares?” implies the need for reasoning out the writer’s thoughts and why it matters. Since the texts are a part of a larger conversation, it is not enough to just acknowledge the views but to provide factual reasons for the readers to know the answers to the claims presented. So, the passage has to be distinct by providing a refutation to the proposed thoughts and stating why the readers have to care for the topic. It is necessary for every writer to respond fairly and clearly to the objections as it would make the argument more persuasive. Moreover, effective addressing of counterargument would give greater depth and precision to one’s stand in the argument.
The authors tend to state the art of meta commenting in the chapter “But Don’t Get Me Wrong”. It is essential for the writers to explain the audience the entire thought process in the writing and how it has to be interpreted, relating to the topic. It is a way of commenting on the claims proposed with respect to others’ viewpoints and objections relating to the discussion. Apart from the main text, this metacommentary would anticipate the readers’ difficulties in understanding the ideas, and explain the intention behind each part of the argument. It also helps the readers to effectively persuade the points argued, by warding off the potential misunderstandings, elaborating the ideas, as well as indicating the equally possible objections and counterclaims.
According to my personal reflection of the book, I can say that it instructs the students to develop his/her ability to express their own ideas and generate a sturdy argumentation. It provides a good base for stirring controversial topics and mastering the technique of how writing can cause discussion in a fairway. Also, the templates provide a great opportunity for the students to hone their skills of academic writing. Even though it is viewed that using templates in writing would diminish one’s creativity, it is possible only to some extent. I can strongly argue that the templates in this book provide a cornerstone for novice writers, particularly students, to start with their paper and build it up in a creative manner, without distracting from the central issue. The book initially helps the students to look beyond their own thoughts and see through the other’s point of view, which is ultimately the essence for an engaging argument or discussion.
Graff, Gerald and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.
1. Introduction The proposed topic for the research project is; the connection between fiction and people’s government in China. If an individual or organization desires to positively change or impact on individuals in a nation, then he/she should first renovate the fiction. 2. Renovating Fiction […]
INTRODUCTION In our very modern and technological world, we spend more time reading abbreviate social media postings than delving into the captivating pages of a “good book.” However, long before the internet, cell phones, and IMAX theatres, the most beloved form of entertainment was reading. […]
Billy Collins is considered to be the master of English poetry of the modern world. Recognized with different names, sometimes as the U.S. Poet Laureate and sometimes as the Literary Lion, this virtuoso has won a series of awards such as fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation to name just a few (“Billy Collins”). His popular literary works include Ballistics (2008), The Trouble with Poetry (2005), New and Selected Poems (2001), etc. Billy’s masterpieces namely The Art of Drawing (1995) and Questions About Angels (1991) gave tough competition in the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and the National Poetry Series respectively (“Billy Collins”).
The modern poet is also responsible for producing such exceptional pieces like She was Just Seventeen (2006), Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001), Nine Horses (2002), Picnic Lightning (1998) and The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988), Video Poems (1980) and Pokerface (1977) (“Billy Collins”).
The Best Cigarette (1997) clubs together thirty-three poetries of Billy. Be it anthologies, periodicals or textbooks, the poet’s work got significant place everywhere particularly in Poetry, The New Yorker, American Poetry Review and Paris Review (“Billy Collins”). Selected umpteenth number of times for the Best American Poetry Series his talent has been highlighted in the Pushcart Prize anthology. His renowned editing works include Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) and The Best American Poetry (2006) (“Billy Collins”).
Billy Collins is undoubtedly a prodigy gifted to the modern poetry world. The popular poet Stephen Dunn has rightly considered him to be a poet who keeps transparency in his work enabling the readers to feel exactly what he himself experiences (“Billy Collins”).
“Billy Collins.” POETS.org. Academy of American Poets, n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.
A tale of two cities depicts a story of love happening in the shadow of great social upheaval in the form of a revolution. The story touches upon two different themes (i.e. love and war) together and beautifully correlates both the themes. On one side […]
The protagonist or main character of the story (actually a poem) is Walt Whitman. He talked about different viewpoints and personas and even have some radical ideas about the nature and identity of self, sexuality, spirituality, and democracy. The main conflict lies in Whitman’s obsession […]
Augustine’s confessions bring several experiences that help him to achieve the goals that he set to achieve. This experience makes him realize that his pursuit of fame and glory as an orator is sheer vanity, and his realization changes his life in general. This paper explores the experiences that Augustine had that helped him realize that his pursuit of fame and glory as an orator is sheer vanity. Additionally, his realization that helped to change his life generally is also highlighted in this paper. This means that this paper goes down deep into Augustine’s life to extract the experiences he had. Concentration lies in the experiences that Augustine’s confessions brought out so as to know how this realization helped his life (Rouse, 44).
His autobiography is rated to be philosophical and theological that gave two aspects in life. To give an account of one’s faults to God and to praise God are the two aspects brought out. Augustine narrates out about his life that came from sinful to faithfulness. This narration does not give an account of Augustine’s faithfulness to God but He explains how God is of great importance to other people in the world. His realization of turning to God and being faithful to God gives him a chance to be spiritually strong and stop living a life of darkness. The experience of belonging to God makes it possible for Augustine to come to realize that his pursuit of fame and glory as an orator is sheer vanity. This realization then tends to change his life totally to the best from worse (Rouse, 56).
Rouse, W. H. D.. St. Augustine’s confessions. London: William Heinemann. 1912. Print
To many individuals living in the world, the supernatural is a phenomenon that is not real and cannot exist. It is noticed that the supernatural actions, events, etc. are something beyond the imagination, perspective, and experience of individuals. This is major because of the scrutiny […]