Pop-Culture Book Analysis (75 points) you can pick any book. I told my teacher I
Pop-Culture Book Analysis (75 points) you can pick any book. I told my teacher I would pick awareness by anthony de mello but im sure you can chnage it if you havent read it Many pop-culture books have been written about relationships, but the advice they give is not always accurate or grounded in relationship science. For this assignment, you will use your newly-acquired knowledge of relational communication to analyze and critique one of these popular relationship advice books. You must have your book approved by me and it must address at least one of the scholarly topics we have covered (or will be covering) this semester (e.g., relationship development, conflict, self-disclosure, etc.). You will sign up for a book in class on Tuesday, February 8th. You should choose your pop-culture book very carefully. You want a book that interests you and that shares a strong connection with the content from this class. You will read your pop-culture book throughout the semester and write a paper where you analyze and critique it using concepts and theories from the field of personal relationships. Your analysis should be based on what we have learned in class as well as on outside research that you conduct on the topic of your book. You should cite a minimum of THREE academic outside sources (i.e., peer-reviewed journal articles or book chapters), and reference/cite at least THREE concepts from the course textbook when describing the ways your book is (or is not) consistent with the literature. Please correctly reference all supporting literature using the APA citation format. In 5-6 pages (double-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins), your paper should directly address the following questions as they relate to the overall assignment goals: Give a brief synopsis of the book. What is the book about? Identify the main claims in the book. What does the author suggest or imply about communication and relationships? Discuss the parts of the book that are accurate. What parts of the book are consistent with concepts and theories discussed in class? What parts are consistent with the literature? Be specific. Discuss the parts of the book that are inaccurate. What parts of the book are inconsistent with concepts and theories discussed in class? What parts are inconsistent with the literature? Be specific. Share your overall impression of the book. Is the author’s advice good or bad? How do you know? This is a typical academic paper assignment, so please have your paper include an introduction, organized and structured paragraphs, a conclusion, and reference list in APA format (length of reference list does NOT count towards overall page requirement). This assignment is due at 11:59 p.m. on April, 21st. Please see below for the assignment rubric: Detailed summary is given that demonstrates careful reading of book. 5 points Thoughtful discussion is provided for the author’s main claims and assumptions regarding communication and relationships. 10 points In-depth analysis is offered about parts of book that are consistent with relational communication concepts, theories, and research. 10 points In-depth analysis is offered about parts of book that are inconsistent with relational communication concepts, theories, and research. 10 points Justification is given for overall impression of book and the author’s advice. 5 points Outside research is appropriate for the topic and at least three scholarly sources are cited. 15 points At least three concepts from our course textbook are referenced in the blog post. 10 points Writing is clear, grammatically correct, and free from typos and spelling errors. The paper is also between 5-6 pages long (12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch margins). 5 points Paper contains correct use of APA format through in-text citations and a reference list at the end of the paper. 5 points Total Points 75 points

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