10 Feb. 2013
In the introduction to "They Say/I say": The Move That Matter in Academic writing, Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein provide templates designed to help students to write creatively as well as sophisticatedly. Specifically, Graff and Birkenstein argue that the types of writing templates they offer do not harm one's critical thinking ability but increase their creativity. As the authors themselves put it, "In our view, the above template and the others in this book will actually help your writing become more original and creative, not less." although some people believe it do stifle creativity, Graff and Birkenstein insist that these templates do not control one's ideas. In sum, then, their view is that templates are just a way to help those students who has a problem with trouble-writing and it do increase students creativity as well as critical thinking ability. I am totally agreed with the authors' point of views. In my views, the types of template that the author recommended are really helpful to accelerate one's creativity. For instance, a template can help one to open a conversation and argue with others. In addition, it also helps one to get some ideas about how to write in a well-furnished way. Some might object, of
course, on the grounds that it will dictate one's consent of opinion. Yet I would argue that it (templates) is a way of presenting one to write individually with freedom as well as following the format of these templates. Overall, then, I believe that the types of writing templates Graff and Birkenstein offer are very helpful in academic writing.
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