Assessment Objectives • Plan and pursue a research project with intellectual initiative and insight • Formulate a precise research question • Gather and interpret information from primary and secondary sources • Structure a reasoned argument in response to the research question on the basis of the material gathered • Present the essay in a format appropriate to the subject, acknowledging sources in MLA style • Use the terminology & language appropriate to the subject with skill and understanding • Apply analytical and evaluative skills Extended Essay for the appropriate to the subject, with an understanding of the implications and IB Diploma Programme the context of research Responsibilities of the Student Donna Nedelisky Media Specialist/EE Coordinator • Start work early! • Think carefully about the research question Rex Putnam High School 4950 SE Roethe Rd. • Plan how to find research materials Milwaukie, OR 97202 Rex Putnam High School 503-353-5883 • Schedule time for researching & writing Milwaukie, Oregon • Utilize the research log • Write with a clear structure • Proofread final version carefully Purpose Traits of the Extended Essay International Dimensions The essay is intended to promote high- level research and writing skills, • It is an experience in independent Some extended essays include cross- intellectual discovery and creativity. It research cultural questions within them. Others provides an opportunity to engage in invite such an approach. Whatever the personal research on a topic of the • The topic is chosen from a list of subject, you should strive to find relevant student’s own choice, under the approved IB subjects information from a diverse range of guidance of a supervisor. sources. • The topic is selected by the student Product The Extended Essay is a major piece of • The essay is written in depth on a formally presented structured writing, in limited topic which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and • It has a focused research question coherent manner, appropriate to the • It uses both primary and secondary subject chosen. Subject Choices sources Significance • It has a maximum word length of 4,000 Group 1 (Language A) – Literature It is the prime example of a piece of work words where students have the opportunity to Group 2 (Language B) – Literature, show knowledge, understanding and • It is the result of approximately 40 Language, or Culture enthusiasm about a topic of their choice. hours of work (written in German or Spanish) EE and the IB Learner Profile Biology The learning involved in researching and writing the essay is closely aligned with Chemistry the development of many of the characteristics described in the IB History Learner Profile. Guidance Through the Process Mathematics Relationship to TOK • EE Coordinator – Donna Nedelisky Visual Arts Whichever subject is chosen, the essay shares with the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course a concern with interpreting • Subject Supervisor – to be assigned and evaluating evidence, and constructing reasoned arguments. • School and Academic Librarians Where the two differ is in the emphasis placed on the research process and its formal outcomes.
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