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1 Extended Essay (EE) Who? What? Where? When? Why? How?

2 The Extended Essay is compulsory for diploma programme students

3 What is the Extended Essay? A formal piece of scholarship of no more than 4,000 words based on extensive independent research 4,000 word upper limit includes intro, body, conclusion, quotations Does not include: Abstract Contents page Citations Works cited Appendices

4 The Extended Essay is chosen from a list of approved subjects the result of approximately 40 hours of student work over 1 & ½ years Scored by IB, not East teachers

5 EE and ToK Diploma Points EE + ToK: 0-3 Diploma Points A grade of ‘E’ (lowest grade) on the EE raises the total number of required DP points (28) A grade of ‘E’ in EE & ToK is an automatic Diploma Programme failure

6 Why? Aims of the EE Pursue independent research on a focused topic Develop research and communication skills Develop creative and critical thinking skills Engage in a systematic process Experience intellectual discovery

7 Why? Objectives Formulate a precise research question Gather and interpret material from appropriate sources Structure a reasoned argument in response to the research question Support the argument with evidence Acknowledge sources (WC list) Use subject appropriate terminology/language “Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.” Sir Francis Bacon (1625)

8 Who? You, of course! Independent investigatory and writing experience

9 Who? Well, mostly you. You will have the assistance of a faculty supervisor who will serve as your guide.

10 Role of the Supervisor Meet with student (total: 3-5 hrs) Assist with EE fundamentals EX) writing a research question Possess knowledge of EE rules/guidelines Read and comment on first draft Submit predicted grade and brief report Conduct ‘viva voce’ (exit interview)

11 The Iceberg Model 7/8 = Pre-Writing Phase Student and Supervisor work together to: Explore and discuss ideas Locate resources Discuss readings and ideas Develop suitable research question Supervisor monitors progress 1/8 = Writing Phase Student works independently to: Write EE draft Prepare the final EE

12 How are supervisors assigned? You will be assigned a supervisor based on selected subject area, personal preference and supervisor availability

13 Where? This is not a class that regularly meets. Research and writing is conducted mostly on your own time. Make use of KE’s excellent library resources Online databases & physical books Library staff! (aka your new best friends) Meetings with KE Off campus libraries – UB, Erie County, databases

14 When? EE Timeline In general: Junior year all pre-writing & rough draft Summer between junior year & senior year Time away from the EE Fall senior year: revise and write final draft Due February

15 Students should Read several EE samples in different subject areas Pick a subject and topic of genuine interest Avoid picking a subject just to work with a “popular teacher” Meet deadlines Components count as a grade Start early (procrastination kills) Build in time for unexpected problems Meet with your supervisor Be academically honest

16 Academic Honesty Student is ultimately responsible Work or ideas of others must be fully and correctly acknowledged The EE submitted must be the authentic work of the student Both plagiarism and collusion (working with others) are forms of malpractice

17 Timeline Junior Year Sep) intro to EE, consider subject areas, read sample EE’s Oct) select subject & supervisor, form research question, create research plan Nov-Dec) acquire sources, submit working bibliography Jan-Feb) develop working outline, meet with supervisor to discuss outline Mar-May) consult supervisor, submit rough draft Senior Year Sep-Jan) rethink, edit, revise first draft Viva Voce w/ supervisor Feb) submit final EE

18 Deadlines: Junior Year September 28, 2012: Read extended essay guide including subject area guides for your subject October 19, 2012 : Read 3 example EEs (from KE IB website), complete comment sheet, select subject November 2, 2012 : Supervisor will be assigned January 2013: Working research question finalized

19 EE Junior Year continued February - April 2013 : Acquire sources April 2013 : Annotated bibliography April - June 2013 : Develop working outline, meet with supervisor to discuss outline June 2013 : Finalize outline with supervisor July - August 2013 : Write first draft

20 Timeline: Senior Year September 2013 : Submit first draft for commentary to your supervisor October - December 2013 : Rethink, Revise, revise, revise, edit and proofread Viva Voce w/ supervisor Interview with supervisor, EE coordinator, DP coordinator January Submit paper to IB

21 It is your responsibility to be responsible for your responsibilities Ultimately, you are responsible for your EE.


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