Please note that a failing grade on the extended essay, being accused of academic dishonesty, or failing to turn in an extended essay at all will result in failing to earn an ib diploma no matter how high your test scores may be


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Extended Essay: Venice High School

The IB Diploma program is filled with challenges that push you to be a better student and a better citizen of the world. You are about to embark on another one of them—the extended essay.

Many students who return from college to visit teachers say that the extended essay is one piece of the IB puzzle that really gave them an advantage in college. While your peers are running around frantically in their first year of college trying to figure out how to conduct academic research, you, as a former IB student with experience in writing IA’s and an extended essay, will breeze through with the skills you have built.

The extended essay is a requirement for an IB diploma. It is in the center of the curriculum circle along with TOK and CAS hours. It is not tied to any single class. It is instead intended to be an independent research project in an IB subject of your choice that you conduct with the guidance of a supervisor. The process is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity.

IB World says that the Extended Essay should be the result of approximately 40 hours of work. This can be roughly broken down into:

  • 5-10 hours spent understanding the process, forming a topic and reading background information

  • 10-15 hours finding quality, scholarly sources and highlighting or otherwise digesting the information

  • 10-15 hours writing and typing a complete first draft

  • 5-10 hours revising and seeking guidance from your advisor

You can earn up to 3 points for your Extended Essay and TOK paper as this chart shows. Please note that a failing grade on the extended essay, being accused of academic dishonesty, or failing to turn in an extended essay at all will result in failing to earn an IB diploma no matter how high your test scores may be.

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Subject Areas for EE

Your Extended Essay can be written in any of your chosen subjects for the IB Diploma. You cannot write on any subject you have used for an IA or any other assignment. It is not recommended that students write in a subject area that they have not studied in class.
Group 1: Studies in Language and Literature (English)

Category 1 – Literary Analysis: Analyze a literary work (or works) originally written in English with a major emphasis on literary analysis and criticism.

Category 2 – Literary Analysis: Analyze two or more literary works where at least one was originally written in English and the other(s) were originally written in another language with a major emphasis on literary analysis and criticism.
Group 2: Language Acquisition (Spanish or French)

A Group 2 Extended Essay must be written in the language in which it is registered and focused on matters related to the target culture. You do not have to be fully fluent in the language to be successful.

Category 1 – Language: A specific analysis of the language (its use, structure and so on) normally related to its cultural context or a specific text.

Category 2 – Culture and Society: An analysis of a cultural nature that describes the impact of a particular issue on the form and use of the language.

Category 3 – Analysis: A literary analysis of a work(s) of literature originally written in the target language.
Group 3: Individuals and Societies (Social Science)

History: In-depth research in a historical area (at least 10 years in the past) of genuine interest. The topic must focus on the human past, be worthy of study, and lend itself to systematic investigation in line with published assessment criteria. It can NOT be even remotely related to your history IA. The topic can related to social history items like music and sports, but should not be trivial in nature.

Psychology: A psychology extended essay should be an investigative, analytical argument on a topic in psychology of genuine interest. This is not an experimental paper and data collection is not appropriate at all. Students must have taken psychology this year to write a psychology extended essay.

World Studies: An extended essay in world studies provides students with an opportunity to undertake an in-depth, interdisciplinary study of an issue of contemporary global significance. FIND A SUPERVISOR FIRST!

Group 4: Sciences

Biology: A biology extended essay should incorporate biological theory and emphasize the essential nature of the subject. Essays in biology may be based on data collected by the student or information obtained from literature, ideally from primary sources, and manipulated or analyzed in an original way by the student.

Environmental Systems and Societies: An ESS extended essay provides students with an opportunity to explore an environmental topic or issue of particular interest or relevance to themselves and their localities. This is a multidisciplinary research topic that may be investigated either through primary data collection or secondary data collection. The topic should allow you to show some grasp of how both environmental systems and societies function in the relationship under study.

Physics: An extended essay in physics should have a basis in physical theory and emphasize the essential nature of the subject. The student must be personally involved with the subject matter and not be simply a source of information. Essays in physics may be based on data collected by the student or information obtained from literature, ideally from primary sources, and manipulated or analyzed in an original way by the student.

Group 5: Mathematics

Mathematics: An extended essay in mathematics may be written on any topic that has a mathematical focus and need not be confined to the theory of mathematics itself.

Group 6: The Arts

Music: An extended essay in music provides students with an opportunity to undertake in-depth research into a topic of genuine interest to them that is distinctively musical. Real music should be at the heart of an extended essay in music. This mean that particular pieces of music should be chosen as the core focus of the essay. Students should strive for a coherent verbal analysis and interpretation of one or more pieces of music in relation to the chosen research question.

Theater: An extended essay in theatre allows you to conduct independent research to explore a focused research question about the theater in an imaginative and creative way. You will be expected to apply relevant theatrical concepts, theories and ideas.

Visual Arts: A visual arts extended essay will be a structured piece of writing that addresses a particular issue or research question appropriate to the visual arts (broadly defined also to include architecture, design and contemporary forms of visual culture).
Paper Requirements
Word Count

4,000 is the maximum including the introduction, body, conclusion and quotations. There is not a minimum, but it is difficult to score well with fewer than 3,000-4,000 words. The word count does NOT include the abstract, acknowledgments, table of contents, maps, charts, diagrams, annotated illustrations and tables, equations, formulas and calculations, citations, works cited or appendices. Essays containing more than 4,000 words are subject to penalties and examiners are not required to read material in excess of the word limit.

Structure

Listed here are the required elements of the extended essay in order. The model for the extended essay is a paper in an academic journal. Please note the order in which the elements are presented here is not necessarily the order in which they should be written.

Title page

Abstract

Table of Contents

Introduction

Body (development / methods / results)

Conclusion

Works Cited / Bibliography

Appendices (if needed – the examiner is not required to read the appendices)

How to Include Diagrams and Illustrations

Graphs, diagrams, tables and maps are effective only if they are clearly labeled and can be interpreted with ease. All such material that is incorporated into the extended essay must be directly related to the text and acknowledged where appropriate.

Plagiarism, Citation and Academic Honesty

An extended essay must reflect intellectual honesty in research practices and provide the reader with the exact sources of quotations, ideas and points of view through accurate bibliographies and referencing. Failure to comply with this requirement will be viewed as plagiarism and will, therefore, be treated as a case of academic misconduct. A works cited is an alphabetical list of every source used to research and write the essay. Sources that are not cited in the body of the essay, but were important in informing the approach taken, should be cited in the introduction or in an acknowledgment. The works cited should list only those sources cited.

Candidate ID - Number - Last Name - Page Number

Structure of the Paper

Your extended essay must address each of the following questions.

I.Introduction


  • The objective of an introduction is to state the purpose and structure of the essay.

  • See page 6

II.Body


  • What is the background information needed in order to understand your research question and thesis?

  • What are the distinct elements of your thesis? How can the thesis be divided and broken down into parts?

  • What are the central arguments you will make to defend your thesis?

  • What are the topical subsections of your body? Outline each subsection of the body.

  • How does each subsection build upon the previous subsection and lead up to the next? How does each subsection contribute to your defense of your thesis?

  • What evidence will you present to support your arguments and thesis?

  • What are your key sources? How will you integrate the evaluation of your sources in the Body?

  • How will you integrate critical analysis into your Body?

III.Conclusion


  • How have you sufficiently answered the research question and defended your thesis?

  • What are the major strengths of your thesis and your analysis and defense of it in your essay?

  • What could you have done better in the essay? Evaluate your own work critically.

  • What are the new questions and unresolved questions which have arisen from your research and analysis?

Extended Essay Introduction

Objectives:


  • Introduces your research question: state it.

  • Provides an overview or the pertinent background information on the subject as it relates to your question.

  • Defines relevant theory, vocabulary or topical buzzwords.

  • Details parameters or boundaries of the subject or question.

  • Offers “counter-thought.”

  • Charts the course of how you will develop your argument / identifies sections of the paper.

  • Identifies major sources or acknowledges scholarship in the field.

  • Establishes or suggests the structure of the essay (comparative, causal or evaluative)

  • The THESIS is your answer to the Research Question. It should be stated at the end of the introduction.

Structure:


  1. Length: 250 to 500, though the introduction can vary from 150 to 1,800 words!

  2. Question: always present. It can be up front or at the end of the introduction.

  3. Thesis: clearly present or suggestion with sophistication.

  4. Background information: usually developed in introduction.

  5. In the sciences it gives an overview, the problem, the hypothesis. It may also give historical perspective of scientific research that addresses your question.

  6. Incorporates both rubric language and “discipline language.” Using the vocabulary of the field establishes your intent to become a subject expert on a question of limited scope. This is particularly important for topics that are not traditionally studied, such as economics, geography, design technology, etc.

Extended Essay Viva Voce (FINAL MEETING)

Viva Voce is a fancy name for an oral exam / defense of a piece of writing. In the extended essay process, it is the final meeting between the supervising teacher and the student mentee.

What is the goal of the Viva Voce?

The supervising teacher has to fill out a supervisor’s report and declaration on the IB folder that holds the extended essay when it is sent to the IB World. The purpose of the Viva Voce is to provide the supervising teacher with an opportunity to ask the students any questions they need to ask to be able to fill out the report. This report asks the supervising teacher to respond to the following:

“Please comment, as appropriate, on the candidate’s performance, the context in which the candidate undertook the research for the extended essay, any difficulties encountered and how they were overcome. The concluding interview (viva voce) may provide useful information. These comments can help the examiner award a level for criterion K (holistic judgment). Do not comment on any adverse personal circumstances that may have affected the candidate. If the amount of time spent with the candidate was zero, you must explain this, in particular how it was then possible to authenticate the essay as the candidate’s own work.”

It also asks the supervising teacher to sign that they have read the final paper and to indicate how many hours they spent with the candidate discussing the progress of the extended essay (e-mails, texts, etc. can count in the hours).

How does the student prepare for the Viva Voce?

If the student has completed an authentic research process, he or she should be prepared to answer questions about the paper, resources and process without any additional preparation. However, once the paper is in, we ask students to go back to www.turnit.com and complete a short reflection. We also strongly encourage students to predict their own grade using the rubric on the website so that they can discuss their possible score with their supervising teacher. Most mentors will also want the student to bring a printed copy of the final essay to the meeting.

What questions does the mentor ask during the Viva Voce?

No essay should be authenticated if the supervisor believes it contains plagiarism, so mentors should ask questions that will help them be assured there is no plagiarism in the paper. In addition, the mentor should ask questions that will allow them to understand the student’s process. Here are some questions the mentor may want to ask:

  • On page XYZ you cite Z. Could you tell me more about this source? What did you learn from it?

  • I am not clear what you mean on page XYZ. Could you explain it a little more?

  • Which source did you find most helpful for your paper? Why?

  • How did writing this paper cement your understanding of XYZ?

  • Can you login to www.turnitin.com so we can look at your originality report together?

  • What grade do you think this paper will earn? Let’s look at the rubric together.

  • What have been the high and low points of the extended essay process for you?

  • What were the most interesting aspects of the process?

  • Did you discover anything that surprised you?

  • What have you learned through writing this essay?

  • Is there any advice you would want to pass on to someone just starting out on an extended essay?

  • What do you think we should change about our school process?

  • Is there anything else that you would particularly like me to mention in my report to IB World?

Unless there are particular problems with academic honesty, the viva voce should be a positive experience. Completion of a major piece of work such as the extended essay is something for students to feel good about.

Extended Essay SELF CHECK Rubric

Grade:

E

D

C

B

A

Mark range:

0-7

8-15

16-22

23-28

29-36

The approximate grade boundaries used by IB are listed above. Please note that grade boundaries do vary per subject per year. The scores usually only vary by 1-2 points in each grade category.

A – The Research Question (2 points possible)

Is clearly and precisely stated in the early part of the essay.

Is sharply focused and not a broad generalization.

Lends itself to a systematic investigation in my chosen subject area.

Can be effectively dealt within the 4,000 word limit of an extended essay.

B – The Introduction includes (2 points possible)

An indication of why the topic chosen is interesting, important, or worthy of study.

Some background information and places the topic in an appropriate context.

Whether the topic has been narrowed to a focus of more manageable proportions.

A clearly and precisely stated research question.

A clear concluding statement of the thesis and argument, i.e. the response to the research question that will subsequently be developed in the body of the essay.

C – Investigation shows that it is well planned because (4 points possible)

I have included relevant materials, sources, data and evidence in my essay.

I have not included irrelevant information in my essay.

I have effectively analyzed the evidence / material / sources / data in my essay.

D – Knowledge and understanding of topic studied (4 points possible)

My essay demonstrates very good understanding of the topic studied.

My essay clearly locates the investigation in an academic context.

My evaluation of sources and / or data is appropriate and fully substantiated.

I have, through the use of proper grammatical forms, clearly expressed my ideas.

I have proof read my essay and have used proper essay formatting.

E – Reasoned Argument (4 points possible)

My essay is a convincing argument that addresses my research question.

Ideas are presented clearly and in a logical and coherent manner.

F – Analytical and evaluative skills appropriate to the subject (4 points possible)

My essay shows effective and sophisticated application of appropriate analytical and evaluative skills.

G – Use of language appropriate to the subject (4 points possible)

Language used communicates clearly and precisely.

Terminology appropriate to the subject is used accurately.

H – Conclusion (2 points possible)

My conclusion is effective and clearly stated.

I have written a conclusion that restates my question and is consistent with the argument and evidence presented in my essay.

Where appropriate, I have included in my conclusion any new or unresolved questions that arose during my investigation.

I – Formal Presentation (4 points possible)

I have a title page clearly stating my research question, the subject of my extended essay, my name and candidate number.

A table of contents is immediately after my abstract.

Each page of my essay is correctly numbered and includes my candidate number in the header.

I have accurately and consistently cited all my sources in an accepted format.

I have included either a bibliography or a works cited page in an accepted format.

J – Abstract (2 points possible)

My abstract is within the 300-word limit.

I have clearly stated my research question in my abstract.

I have clearly stated how my investigation was undertaken in my abstract.

My abstract contains the conclusion I reached in my essay.

K – Holistic Judgement (4 points possible)

My essay reflects my best effort.

I have shown insight in my essay.

I have demonstrated depth of understanding of my chosen subject and topic.

I have demonstrated inventiveness and flair through my writing style.
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November Supervisor Supervisors assigned




December Introduction Overview of Extended Essay Guide;

Rubric; General Information




January Subject Areas Discuss EE guide

Subject Area Selection

(first and second choice)




February Topics Declare Final Subject Area; narrow

Topic; develop and refine Question –

(1) upload to BlackBoard*




March Research One-page introduction –

(2) upload to BlackBoard*




April Writing Research and write the rough draft






May Rough Draft Five-page rough draft –

(3) upload to BlackBoard*

Review rough with Supervisor upon return in August

*last day of the month by midnight

We have read the Sarasota County Academic Integrity Policy and IB’s guidelines for academic honesty. We agree to upload all three pieces to BlackBoard and realize the deadlines are the responsibility of the diploma candidate. We understand that the Extended Essay is a required component of the IB Diploma Program.

Diploma Candidate Signature ____________________________________ date ___________

(PRINT) ____________________________________

Parent Signature(s) ____________________________________ date ___________

____________________________________ date ___________

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Student’s Name ____________________________________
Subject Supervisor Duties

1. Spend between three and five hours with each student (over 12 month period)

2. Provide the student with advice and guidance in the skills of undertaking research

3. Discuss the choice of topic and help to formulate a well-focused research question

4. Be familiar with the assessment criteria

5. Read and comment on one completed draft only (do NOT edit the draft)

6. Read the final version to confirm its authenticity

7. Notify IB coordinator of suspected malpractice

8. Complete a concluding interview (Viva Voce)

9. Complete the supervisor’s report

  • Predicted grade

  • Description of time spent with student


The following are NOT duties of the Subject Supervisor

1. Give students a subject or topic

2. Give students a research question

3. Line edit work

4. Remind students of deadlines

5. Chase students down if they miss deadlines
I hereby agree to utilize my advisor as described above. I will honor this relationship by:

- Making appointments as necessary

- Arriving for all appointments on time

- Uploading work to BlackBoard by the required deadlines

- Arriving for all appointments prepared with questions and/or dilemmas

- Working to my potential

- Recognizing that Extended Essay is my responsibility
_____________________________ ___________________

Student’s Signature Date
I hereby agree to serve as your advisor for the Extended Essay and fulfill my duties as described above.

~ Mrs. Biziewski and Mrs. Parrett


Inquirer. Knowledgeable. Thinker. Communicator. Principled. Open-Minded. Caring. Risk-taker. Balanced. Reflective.

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