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1 IB EXTENDED ESSAY Gresham High School

2 THE EXTENDED ESSAY RELAX

3 It’s just a paper The myth is worse than the reality You will spend more time worrying and whining than working You will do it all in 1 or 2 weekends, so why not tackle it THIS semester It’s like baking a cake – follow the recipe

4 THE EXTENDED ESSAY “A study in depth of a limited topic” Independent research supervised by a teacher Independent research supervised by a teacher In a topic YOU choose from one of the IB subject areas In a topic YOU choose from one of the IB subject areas On a question YOU develop On a question YOU develop Presented in 4000 words Presented in 4000 words In accordance with IB requirements In accordance with IB requirements

5 WHAT IS IT? Prepares you for independent research expected by universities Prepares you for independent research expected by universities Format is a formal research paper – scholarly journal Format is a formal research paper – scholarly journal Written in a scholarly voice Written in a scholarly voice Essay is an analytical answer to a question YOU develop Essay is an analytical answer to a question YOU develop

6 WHAT IS IT NOT? It is NOT a review of the literature It is NOT a review of the literature It is NOT a book report or plot summary It is NOT a book report or plot summary It is NOT everything you ever learned about your subject It is NOT everything you ever learned about your subject It is NOT your opinion, your thoughts, or your beliefs It is NOT your opinion, your thoughts, or your beliefs

7 THE EE IS…….. A carefully constructed analytical answer to a very precise question A carefully constructed analytical answer to a very precise question Based on DATA and EVIDENCE from your research Based on DATA and EVIDENCE from your research Data cited as to source Data cited as to source

8 General Time Line Due Date: End of first semester your senior year Due Date: End of first semester your senior year This semester: research This semester: research Summer: research and rough draft Summer: research and rough draft Next semester: writing the essay Next semester: writing the essay Next fall: College Aps! Next fall: College Aps!

9 REQUIRED DELIVERABLES IB Advisor: April 1 IB Advisor: April 1 Research question: May 11 Research question: May 11 Annotated Bibliography: June 1 Annotated Bibliography: June 1 Summer progress report: ~Sept 19* Summer progress report: ~Sept 19* Detailed outline: ~Oct 1* Detailed outline: ~Oct 1* 1 st Complete Draft: ~Dec 1* 1 st Complete Draft: ~Dec 1* FINAL: February 1 FINAL: February 1 + Monthly notebook checks w/ homework + Monthly notebook checks w/ homework * Depends on final school calendar * Depends on final school calendar

10 How do we support you? Provide you with an EE supervisor based on your research question Provide you with an EE supervisor based on your research question Make appointments – don’t do drive by drop ins Make appointments – don’t do drive by drop ins Use . Schedule summer contact Use . Schedule summer contact

11 The EE Advisor Must be a Gresham teacher Must be a Gresham teacher YOU are responsible for making appointments YOU are responsible for making appointments Will advise and guide you through the research Will advise and guide you through the research Will complete a Supervisor’s Report at the completion of the essay Will complete a Supervisor’s Report at the completion of the essay IB will not accept an essay w/o an Advisor. IB will not accept an essay w/o an Advisor.

12 The EE Advisor WILL NOT Tell you what to do Tell you what to do Give you a RQ Give you a RQ Give you research resources Give you research resources Edit your work Edit your work Remind you of the deadlines Remind you of the deadlines Chase you down Chase you down

13 Getting to the Research Question S-T-QSubject…. Topic…. Topic…. Question…. Question….

14 Getting to the Research Question Choose a SUBJECT Choose a SUBJECT Choose a TOPIC within that subject Choose a TOPIC within that subject Choose a narrow RESEARCH QUESTION that will focus your research and argument. Choose a narrow RESEARCH QUESTION that will focus your research and argument.

15 Choosing a Subject Step 1: READ THE GUIDELINES Step 1: READ THE GUIDELINES Must be one of IB subjects Must be one of IB subjects Choose a subject that is interesting and challenging to you and that you have taken an IB class in Choose a subject that is interesting and challenging to you and that you have taken an IB class in Do background reading Do background reading Essays submitted in Group 2 must be written in that language Essays submitted in Group 2 must be written in that language

16 Choosing a Subject Your essay must use scholarly language of the field so it must reflect your study of the field. It is not recommended that you do an essay in a subject you have not studied Your essay must use scholarly language of the field so it must reflect your study of the field. It is not recommended that you do an essay in a subject you have not studied

17 Choosing a Topic Limited in scope and sufficiently narrow to allow you to examine an issue in depth Limited in scope and sufficiently narrow to allow you to examine an issue in depth But big enough so you may collect and/or generate data for analysis But big enough so you may collect and/or generate data for analysis Science topics are most successful when you conduct an experiment Science topics are most successful when you conduct an experiment Consult your advisor and Librarian Consult your advisor and Librarian

18 Choosing a Topic If you’re not confused, you haven’t spent enough time on it yet. If you’re not confused, you haven’t spent enough time on it yet. Keep reading. Keep reading. If you haven’t changed your mind, you haven’t spent enough time on it yet. If you haven’t changed your mind, you haven’t spent enough time on it yet. Read some more. Read some more.

19 The Research Question The MOST important part of the essay. There are NO good essays with BAD research questions. The MOST important part of the essay. There are NO good essays with BAD research questions. Think of the RQ as the map for the essay – don’t create a map to nowhere. Think of the RQ as the map for the essay – don’t create a map to nowhere. Questions have “question marks” Questions have “question marks” No ??, no research question. No ??, no research question.

20 The Research Question It must be: Narrow Narrow Specific Specific Non-trivial Non-trivial Answerable in 4000 words Answerable in 4000 words Researchable, not speculative Researchable, not speculative

21 BAD Research Questions ECONOMICS: ECONOMICS: Does globalization affect Turkey? ENGLISH, Group 1: What symbols are employed by F. Scott Fitzgerald?

22 BAD Research Questions BIOLOGY: BIOLOGY: What causes cancer? HISTORY: HISTORY: What was the impact of the civil rights movement? The History of _______________

23 GOOD Research Questions ENGLISH: ENGLISH: How does the portrayal of Joan of Arc by Shaw, Anouilh, and Schiller differ? BIOLOGY: An experimental study to determine if Vitamin C levels in orange differ in supermarket vs restaurants

24 GOOD Research Questions ECONOMICS: ECONOMICS: What is the impact of international coffee prices on the standard of living in Guatemala What is the impact of international coffee prices on the standard of living in Guatemala

25 IB Prohibitions Cannot recycle topics/papers you have written for IB classes. Cannot recycle topics/papers you have written for IB classes. Ethical considerations in design of experiments – no experiments that cause pain or stress to living organisms. Ethical considerations in design of experiments – no experiments that cause pain or stress to living organisms.

26 IB Prohibitions The RQ MUST be yours. Beware of off-campus interning projects. The RQ MUST be yours. Beware of off-campus interning projects. One student per Research Question – this YOUR question One student per Research Question – this YOUR question

27 Know the Criteria! A. Research Question (0-2) A. Research Question (0-2) B. Introduction (0-2) B. Introduction (0-2) C. Investigation (0-4) C. Investigation (0-4) D. Knowledge of topic (0-4) D. Knowledge of topic (0-4) E. Reason argument (0-4) E. Reason argument (0-4) F. Application of Analytical skills (0-4) F. Application of Analytical skills (0-4) G. Use of appropriate language (0-4) G. Use of appropriate language (0-4)

28 Know the Criteria (con’t)! H. Conclusion (0-2) H. Conclusion (0-2) I. Formal presentation (0-4) I. Formal presentation (0-4) J. Abstract (0-2) J. Abstract (0-2) K Holistic Judgment (0-4) K Holistic Judgment (0-4) TOTAL possible points: 36 TOTAL possible points: 36 See pages 25-31, Blue Book

29 Mark Bands 29 – 36ExcellentA 29 – 36ExcellentA 23-28GoodB 23-28GoodB 16-22SatisfactoryC 16-22SatisfactoryC 8-15MediocreD 8-15MediocreD 0-7ElementaryE 0-7ElementaryE

30 Diploma Points Matrix TOK/ATOK/BTOK/CTOK/DTOK/E EE/A * 1* EE/B * 0* EE/C EE/D EE/E 1* 1* 0* 0* Failing

31 Failing Condition for the Diploma If you fail to submit an EE If you fail to submit an EE If you write an EE but fail to meet with your advisor If you write an EE but fail to meet with your advisor If you fail BOTH the TOK paper AND the EE If you fail BOTH the TOK paper AND the EE If you fail the EE or TOK, you must earn at least 28 points on the exams to earn the Diploma (instead of 24)* If you fail the EE or TOK, you must earn at least 28 points on the exams to earn the Diploma (instead of 24)*

32 It’s all about analysis Use EVIDENCE, DATA not description, chronological lists. Use EVIDENCE, DATA not description, chronological lists. This is not a ‘report.” This is not a ‘report.” It’s an argument with supporting information. It’s an argument with supporting information. This is NOT a review of the literature—your voice must come through loud and clear. This is NOT a review of the literature—your voice must come through loud and clear.

33 It’s about being a scholar Use a scholarly, professional style Use a scholarly, professional style No “I” statements (“I think”) No “I” statements (“I think”) Use the language and vocabulary of your field Use the language and vocabulary of your field Keep a Research Diary/Portfolio Keep a Research Diary/Portfolio

34 It’s about the rules! Read the Guidelines (“The Blue Book”) Read the Guidelines (“The Blue Book”) Make sure your RQ is in the right Subject – your essay will be submitted to an examiner in YOUR subject Make sure your RQ is in the right Subject – your essay will be submitted to an examiner in YOUR subject This is NOT the place for interdisciplinary topics This is NOT the place for interdisciplinary topics Did we mention: Read the Guidelines (“The Blue Book”) Did we mention: Read the Guidelines (“The Blue Book”)

35 It’s about the sources! Do not rely uncritically on Internet sources Do not rely uncritically on Internet sources Analyze your sources IN your essay Analyze your sources IN your essay Primary sources over secondary sources Primary sources over secondary sources No encyclopedia-like sources No encyclopedia-like sources No Gresham textbooks No Gresham textbooks No Wikipedia!! No Wikipedia!! Range and balance of sources Range and balance of sources

36 Let’s talk plagiarism EACH fact, idea, quote, chart, graph, picture, number not your own must be sourced (with page number) EACH fact, idea, quote, chart, graph, picture, number not your own must be sourced (with page number) The direct or indirect use of the words of another person MUST be sourced. The direct or indirect use of the words of another person MUST be sourced. Restating someone’s ideas EVEN IF not copied is plagiarism! Restating someone’s ideas EVEN IF not copied is plagiarism! The solution: CITATIONS The solution: CITATIONS Be consistent in citation style Be consistent in citation style Manage sources as you do your research: research notebook Manage sources as you do your research: research notebook

37 What do you do now? Review this with family and sign the Extended Essay contract Review this with family and sign the Extended Essay contract Get into the IB Guidelines (The Blue Book) Get into the IB Guidelines (The Blue Book) Read some Extended Essays – available in RM 240 Read some Extended Essays – available in RM 240 Toy with ideas, talk to teachers Toy with ideas, talk to teachers Explore! Explore!

38 Pitfalls: The Research Plan for science experiments to go awry – they always do Plan for science experiments to go awry – they always do Data may be unavailable for your topic Data may be unavailable for your topic RQ may be too broad RQ may be too broad You may not have enough background to complete the research You may not have enough background to complete the research Be flexible and willing to change directions in the beginning Be flexible and willing to change directions in the beginning

39 APPENDIX: The Presentation How to put it all together Title page (Title is NOT the RQ) Title page (Title is NOT the RQ) Abstract of 300 words Abstract of 300 words Table of contents with subheads Table of contents with subheads Body of essay with subheads Body of essay with subheads Bibliography (ONLY works cited and in alphabetical order) Bibliography (ONLY works cited and in alphabetical order) Page numbers Page numbers Candidate number on every page Candidate number on every page

40 Pitfalls: Word Count Word count must be on title page Word count must be on title page 4000 words max for paper 4000 words max for paper This does not include acknowledgements, table of contents charts and tables, annotated illustrations, bibliography or any appendices. This does not include acknowledgements, table of contents charts and tables, annotated illustrations, bibliography or any appendices.

41 Pitfalls: Word Count Word count must be on title page Word count must be on title page 4000 words max for paper 4000 words max for paper This does not include acknowledgements, table of contents charts and tables, annotated illustrations, bibliography or any appendices. This does not include acknowledgements, table of contents charts and tables, annotated illustrations, bibliography or any appendices.

42 PRESENTATION: TITLE PAGE The Impact of Bicycle Paths on Land Use in Portland, Oregon Susie Q. Student Susie Q. Student Candidate Candidate Environmental Systems and Societies Word Count: 3922 Word Count: 3922 December 16, 2010 December 16, 2010

43 ABSTRACT Abstract of 300 words. Abstract is NOT an introduction. Abstract of 300 words. Abstract is NOT an introduction. Write this LAST. Write this LAST. Abstract should state: Abstract should state: Research question being investigatedResearch question being investigated The scope of the investigationThe scope of the investigation The conclusion/s of the essayThe conclusion/s of the essay

44 TABLE OF CONTENTS Place AFTER the abstract Place AFTER the abstract All pages must be numbered All pages must be numbered Body of essay must have subheadings that are reflected in the TOC Body of essay must have subheadings that are reflected in the TOC Index is not required Index is not required

45 BIBLIOGRAPHY Each work cited in the essay must be listed in the bibliography Each work cited in the essay must be listed in the bibliography Examiners match the citations to the bibliography Examiners match the citations to the bibliography Over reliance on limited sources will lose points Over reliance on limited sources will lose points

46 APPENDICES Not viewed as essential and examiners are not required to read Not viewed as essential and examiners are not required to read Unless considered essential, complete lists of raw data should not be included Unless considered essential, complete lists of raw data should not be included


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