In the preface of “They Say/ I Say’: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, the authors furnish certain types of writing templates geared toward cuing students to think cognitively as well as critically; ultimately producing a writing style that is unique and creative to the individual. Graff and Bernstein maintain that the templates they offer “help students make a host of sophisticated moves” in their rating “that they might not otherwise make”.
In addition, not only can the templates spark subconscious thoughts and ideas in students, but they can help the more experienced scholars as well. Whereas others regard their own beliefs to be self- justifiable and need no elaboration, the authors offer that by supplying the student with specific templates for “entertaining a counterargument” can help stifle these pretentious beliefs. Thus, it could be said about their shared opinions that templates o more than systematize ideas and concepts, but bring forth said ideas into being.
After rereading the introduction a few times, I agree. Those unfamiliar to entertaining such train of thought may be intrigued to know that by utilizing these templates, we can effectively portray our deepest intelligence by counterintuitive means. For example, looking at something from someone else’s perspective (perhaps even an opposing party) can bring new ideas to the surface that would otherwise main unknown.
Some might contest that the opposing perspective is irrelevant because the thoughts stem from their mind’s eye which, in retrospect, might impact the overall argument or statement that they wanted to convey. Although I understand the objections from skeptics, I still maintain that having an open mind when it comes to writing is crucial in the evolution of our thought process as students and professionals.
I can say that there might be limitations on how many ways we can approach an argument or topic before it becomes deceased. Although these writing templates may seem like they only apply to a minute vernacular, it does in fact apply to a wide array of professional and personal social environments.