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The Extended Essay It’s all about the PROCESS!
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Workshop Goals TODAY Understand the Extended Essay Scholarly research in academic language Time management and motivation challenge Requirement of the Diploma Programme See the Benefits In-depth study of a meaningful topic Practical experience (head start) on university work Explore Topics / Research Questions Tour of MVHS Resources for Extended Essay
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 The Extended Essay Requirements Chosen from approved DP list Involves higher level research Opportunity for personal research Required for all DP candidates Aligned with Learner Profile Supervised by a teacher at MVHS Externally Assessed (world-wide)
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Extended Essay Process Formulating and refining a research question that can be addressed in 4000 words Providing evidence and reasons to support your answer to the research question Adding to your repertoire of skills for a college education and LIFELONG LEARNING
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Page 5 EE Scoring Criteria A Research Question2 BIntroduction2 CInvestigation4 DKnowledge/Understanding4 EReasoned Argument4 FApply Analysis & Evaluation4 GLanguage Appropriate4 HConclusion2 IFormal Presentation4 JAbstract2 KHolistic Judgment4
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 EE Grade Boundaries as of 2009 A29 – 36 B23 – 28 C16 – 22 D8 – 15 E0 – 7 Page 6
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Student Responsibilities Choose a topic from approved list of subjects YOU schedule the meetings with your EE Supervisor Meet deadlines Acknowledge all sources of information Think about a research question Plan a schedule for research and writing—40 hour requirement Structure the essay per guidelines Meet all assessment criteria of the chosen subject area
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Academic Honesty Student is ultimately responsible Work or ideas of others must be fully and correctly acknowledged Supervisor confirms that the EE submitted is the authentic work of the student Both plagiarism and collusion are forms of malpractice Same piece of work, or two versions of same, cannot be submitted by student
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Academic Honesty Tips Page 9 Burden of proof should rest with the student Students: KEEP ALL DRAFTS IN HARD COPY AND ELECTRONIC FORMAT until you start college Ask questions from IB Staff!!! Turnitin.com as a preventive measure
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 TOOLS for Success Extended Essay Manual Specific Subject Guide MVHS IB web page links + MVHS Library web page ONLINE DATABASES at MVHS & Public Libraries Discussions with your EE Supervisor Ask questions! We’re here to help you!
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Managing the Extended Essay Page 11
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Do yourself a favor.... Pay attention to the DEADLINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 The Iceberg Model 7/8 = Pre-Writing/Draft 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 Revision conference drives final version of essay Prepare the final EE
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 What College Writing Is… Academic writing done by scholars for scholars. “…being a scholar requires that you read, think, argue, and write in certain ways.” Academic writing devoted to topics and questions that are of interest to the academic community. “When you write an academic paper, you must…find a topic or question that is relevant and appropriate.” -- quoted from The Dartmouth Writing Project
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 It’s Just One Question! How Difficult Can That Be? Activity #1: Developing Research Questions
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Page 16
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Where to Start? IB Course Companions have EE suggested topics Book, newspaper article, magazine piece that fascinated you Author, historical figure, or performer that inspires you Website, film, musical performance or play Experiment that captured your imagination Natural phenomenon CAS or TOK activities Issue or problem in local community, past or present Significant event in your life or your family
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Keep in Mind Your original idea is PROVISIONAL until you are sure you can find enough supporting information in published from. Be prepared to LISTEN to the advice of your supervisor---finalize your RESEARCH QUESTION with supervisor approval only
© International Baccalaureate Organization 2009 Acknowledgements Barbara Dirscherl Teacher Librarian Palm Harbor University HS Palm Harbor, FL Sharon Vansickle English, TOK Marietta High School Marietta, Georgia IB Prepared: Extended Essay Guide, 2010
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