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 The English Extended Essay Goals 1. Overview of subject-specific guidelines and topic choices 2. Helpful examiner comments from English evaluators 3.

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1  The English Extended Essay Goals 1. Overview of subject-specific guidelines and topic choices 2. Helpful examiner comments from English evaluators 3. Sample topics and questions for English 4. Subject-specific issues to consider before choosing English 5. Academic referencing 6. Q&A

2 ENGLISH EE GUIDELINES/RULES  Category 1: Any literary analysis focused directly on a work or collection of fiction or non-fiction works found in a country where the language (English) is spoken  Category 2: A comparison of a concept studied between two fiction or non-fiction works, one of which must be originally written in English and one written in a different language, studied in translation

3 CHOOSING A TOPIC: WHAT WORKS  Write down an author, poet, or work of literature you love, and use that as a guide for generating a possible topic  You should know/love your work enough to propose a specific focus (water, racism, a specific metaphor developed over time)  Classical literature generally trouble-free, provided your personal comfort level and enthusiasm  Contemporary works (JK Rowling, John Greene, 21 st century modern dystopian literature) can work if question is focused on a motif or other device/set of devices

4 CHOOSING A TOPIC: WHAT DOESN’T WORK  Works or authors you have not read  A text too simple in vocabulary or short in length  Any series that is too long ( Harry Potter is fine but choose 3-4 of the 7 texts)  A proposal based solely on your enthusiasm of a text  Contemporary literature of weak literary merit or no current literary criticism ( Twilight ). Questions? See Group 1 teacher.

5 WRITING THE ENGLISH EE  Avoid typical topics analyzing simply theme and characterization  Original topics or thinking seem to be better received and score stronger  Multiple works allow for originality and a bridge for less demanding works you wish to use but are an easier reading level  Consider taking a position opposing a traditional interpretation/argument

6 TREATMENT OF SOURCES  Use primary sources primarily to:  Show connections between your chosen work and other works the author/poet/orator wrote  Establishes the vast majority of your argument  Use secondary sources minimally to:  Support your own argument, but not dominate it  Develop a counterargument that you can refute or extend in your own way

7 POSSIBLE TOPICS: ENGLISH  To what extent is The Lord of the Rings an empowering work for the female?  To what extent does JK Rowling use blood as a complex literary device in the Harry Potter series to demonstrate the negative impact of racism?  To what extent does does the motif of illogicality in Lewis Carroll’s Adventures in Wonderland emphasize the complexities of the adult world?

8 POSSIBLE TOPICS: ENGLISH  How do Jeanne DuPrau and Lois Lowry, in their respective novels The City of Ember and The Giver, use a motif of light and color to display an undertone of hope?  In what ways does John Green use water as a motif in his novels Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars ?

9 English EE Due Dates  Jan. 5-16: Assigned EE Question Proposal Form and T4ing assignment (30 pages)  Feb : Entire T4 of primary texts and final research question  April 20-May 1: Topic sentence outline, working bib, secondary source research from OU  June 1-5: First 1,500 words due with footnoting and bib  September 3: Full rough draft due

10 ENGLISH EE  English EE benefits  Secondary sources relatively few (shorter bib)  Familiarity of MLA, sourcing, and lack of extra sections  English EE challenges  Requires strong background and great enthusiasm of your topic  Strong literary analysis skills required


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