Chapter four pretty much tells the reader in They Say, I Say about how to respond to someone else’s research or publications. Instead of writing about what “they say” you are instead writing about what “I say”. There are three ways to respond in a paper: Agree, disagree, or the combination of both. When explaining which you chose you should not just plainly and dully state your view point but rather offer some explanation for your choice. The last way, and often most common way to both agree and disagree is a good method to use if you are writing about something you don’t have strong views on. It then goes on to describe how you can make your opinion stronger and make sense to whoever is reading your paper. The most important thing you can do is provide facts and details that help support your viewpoint as your own. There is one problem that sometimes comes up when doing this and that is when you agree with something then you will end up disagreeing with something else.
In “Hidden I intellectualism”, Gerald Graff argues that different types of readings outside of the typical academic structure could help motivate and capture the attention of young minds, he explains that magazines like “SPORTS ILLUSTRATED” do actually educate its readers in a big portion of students writings, when analyzing, using critical thinking, and using the students given attention to such variety can improve the learning process and adds much-needed fun to the school system. Graff disagrees that with the academic work at schools and colleges and agrees that that we should encourage students to take on a subject that interests them rather than a subject that interests the board of the school this way they create their intellectual identities.