The Extended Essay

The Extended Essay

The Extended Essay Student Training Workshop: October 19 & 20, 2017 Utica Academy for International Studies The Diploma Programme Overall Student Presentation General guidelines are broad requirements for all essays: basic outline for each essay, required components, word count, academic honesty, purpose and aims, and so on (Day 1). Subject-specific guidelines are specific considerations germane to writing in sciences, English, history. These include issues of style but also rules and restrictions on what are acceptable questions (Day 2).

Extended Essay at a glance (T4 pages 35, 37-39) Ignore world studies, interdisciplinary options, psychology, anthropology and anything mentioning ATL Required for IB diploma eligibility Externally assessed by IBO evaluators Roughly 3,500-4,000 words in length Required reflection not to exceed 500 words

Chosen from current subjects and preferably a current focus of study Total assessment points 0-34, of which a grade between an A to E is awarded Represents 50 hours of work Topic agreed upon with supervisor Nature of Extended Essay (cont.)

Involves collegiate, critical research EE demands a diverse range of sources Apply analytical and evaluative skills, terminology toward subject matter Reflect on insights gained, evaluate decisions, and respond to challenges encountered in process Concludes with the viva voce interview January 2019

Supervisor meetings totaling 5 hours maximum Supervisor submits a predicted grade and a supervisors report to the IBO Aims/Assessment Objectives (T4 pages 38 39) Plan carefully, leading up to proposed topic Develop a thoughtful research question MUST be a question

Gather, interpret, present, and argue information as it pertains to subject area Use the correct vocabulary and argumentative style according to the demands of the subject Apply analytical and evaluative skills in the subject chosen this is NOT narrative or summarizing School Responsibilities Train all supervisors and students

Provide students with qualified supervisor Make general and subject-specific information and guidelines accessible Make students aware of how the EE fits into program requirements Provide recommended deadlines to all supervisors and students Provide learning and researching opportunities

Resolve all pending EE issues and questions Provide means for EEs for e-upload for external assessing Responsibilities of the Student (pages 50 51) Choose a topic of interest and invest the time into your research question Observe and follow all EE regulations, both general and specific

Develop and maintain a Researchers reflection space (RRS) Meet UAIS and supervisor deadlines Communicate with your supervisor and EE coordinator! Attend meetings with RRS Ask for help Address emerging issues

Be honest and open! Supervisors Role (read pages 48- 50) Use knowledge in subject area to provide advice and guidance to students Helps define research question

Advises in the research process Reads and comments on quality draft 1 time only Submits a predicted grade to the IBO Conducts the viva voce with student Reports plagiarism, if suspected UAIS supervisors should (pages 48-50)

Spend 3-5 hours overall with you (not each meeting) Advise to ensure youve written a solid research question Advise you on where to find materials Aid in verifying your sources Help troubleshoot when you are stuck

Evaluate your quality draft and discuss it at a conference (senior year) Conduct a viva voce conference at end (Jan. 2019) UAIS supervisors DO NOT Do research for you Tell you what sources to use Give specific advice on how to improve your draft

Correct bibliographies or citations Chase you down for meetings (intervention levels) Re-teach you concepts in the subject matter you should already know Writing the Extended Essay (T4 page 78-90) Extremely precise structure

Introduction should be written after body Main focus of essay is the body (12 points) Sub-headings helpful in most subjects Include only relevant sources, citations all present and consistent Evaluator not required to read appendix Where Can UAIS Students Write Their EEs? IB enrolled Subject-Specific Areas

Group 1 (English) HL or SL Group 2 (Spanish, French, Japanese)* HL or SL Group 3 (History) if taking HL or SL Group 4 (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)* HL or SL Group 5 (Math)* HL or SL no Studies SL

Group 6 (Theatre, Visual Arts, Music) -HL or SL no elective Subject and topic specifics will be addressed later in training *These subjects require teacher approval for student selection. On the Record, From the IBO To qualify as a history EE, all events discussed must take place ten years ago or more Group 2 EEs must be researched and written in the language for which it is being submitted and must meet current teacher approval Japanese: 1 word = approximately 2 Japanese

characters On the Record, From the IBO Students MAY NOT elaborate, overlap with, or supplement an internal assessment (IA) from a DYP class with their EE choice (double dipping) No two students may write an EE posing the same or nearly same question Overlap of the EE and IAs The IBO student handbook indicates that any strategic move on the part of a student that gives that student a unfair advantage over another student, which includes the use of ones IA on

the EE or vice versa, will result in a case of academic misconduct. Students will NOT write on the same topics as for the EE as an IA in that subject. Referencing (pages 70-71) Bibliography: collection of references References: individual sources Citations: In-text parenthetical and Footnoting documentation

APA no footnotes; all in-text + Reference page CMS footnotes + Bibliography page MLA Parenthetical or footnote* + Works Cited page *as determined by supervisor Be careful and detailed results in or this: Not Submitted If a candidate uses the work or ideas of another person, the candidate must acknowledge the source using a standard style of referencing in a consistent manner. A candidates failure to acknowledge a source will be investigated by the IB as a potential breach of regulations that may

result in a penalty imposed by the IB final awards committee (First Examinations 2018). Off the Record from the IBO Quality is important, but so is quantity. Getting as close to the 4,000 word-count is important except in math. A great paper can be 3,300 words. But usually, 3,300 words will earn very low marks. Reports on other scientific reports in sciences vary in scoring. Experimental designs tend to be viewed as more unique but are not guaranteed for a higher score. Off the Record from the

IBO Do not choose a subject that you are just beginning to have background in. This is not the time for beginners exploration. This is a time for further exploration. Consider what is in the IB subject curriculum and go further. The UAIS EE Schedule Provides internal & external due dates as the IBO strongly recommends Builds in five mandatory in-school meetings with supervisors

3 include formal Reflections on planning and progress form time allotment Assignments are given at each meeting and expected to be completed by the student Vast majority of work completed before senior year The Research Process Choosing a topic Attend UAIS subject-specific seminars for information on EE guidelines for all subjects beginning on Friday,

October 20th 25th Brainstorm general ideas and attempts a research question If interested in science or foreign language, make an appointment to sit with teacher between now and October 27th for prescreening (no meeting = no topic) NOT between classes or during instruction time Submit proposals to the EE coordinator (YEOKUM) on or before Thursday, November 2nd

Combined Role: The 7/8 = Research Phase (Now-June Iceberg Model 2018) Student & supervisor work together to: Explore and discuss ideas Locate appropriate resources Discuss readings and ideas Develop a suitable research question Supervisor monitors research progress Represents 3-5 hours of work per student now until June 1/8 = Writing Phase (June 2018 Nov. 2018) Student works independently over

summer to: Write EE draft Organizing your writing Revision conference drives final draft of essay The Researchers Reflection Space (RRS) The RRS is a personal learning environment that can be either a physical or virtual support tool. A space in which students are able to record reflections on what they are reading, writing and thinking.

It supports learning, thinking, critical analysis and evaluation and contributes not only to the development of a successful extended essay but also to skills and competencies for pathways beyond the Diploma Programme. It can be used to: Record reflections; Respond to artifacts, such as photos, newspaper clippings, etc Respond to prompts and questions that may arise in the students subject areas;

Make connections to TOK classes or other aspects of the DP; Create Mind Maps; Record emerging questions Mind Map Journaling Video It could also be:

T4 Sketching Photographs Post-it notes Recordings Charts

Graphs Other?? Housing the RSS: One Note, Google Drive, etc. Uploading to MB similar to CAS Notebooks

Sketchbook Folder Combination of above The RRS and Supervisor Conferences: The student should go prepared with issues to discuss share excerpts from Researchers Reflection Space reflect on previous discussions and be prepared to

show how you have progressed not expect the supervisor to do students thinking for the student use the supervisor as a sounding board for ideas and arguments Reflection in the core: (Page 40-41) Theory of knowledge- The emphasis in TOK is on CRITICAL reflection, characterized by reflecting on metacognition, evaluation, justification, arguments, claims and counter claims, underlying assumptions and different perspectives.

CAS- The emphasis in CAS is on AFFECTIVE reflection, characterized by reflecting on attitudes, feelings, values, principles, motivation, emotions and self-development. Extended essay- The emphasis in the EE is on PROCESS reflection, characterized by reflecting on conceptual understandings, decision-making, engagement with data, the research process, time management, methodology, successes and challenges, and appropriate sources The RRS and reflection sessions Evidence from a RRS can be used to stimulate discussions in the conference and reflection sessions.

In the first reflection session this may include: initial topic exploration; possible sources and methods; preliminary research questions; and personal reactions to the research topic. In the interim reflection session this may include: reactions to readings; a timeline; a possible argument outline; setbacks and strategies for dealing with them. In the final reflection, the viva voce, this may include: new questions uncovered; what they have learned about the topic and their own learning; the significance of their research. Mandatory reflection sessions This session should take place once the student has undertaken some preliminary

research. By the end of this session students should begin to formulate a working research First First reflection reflection question. 2nd meeting session session Interim Interim reflection reflection session session This session should take place once the student has undertaken a significant amount of their research and have begun to formulate an argument in response to their research

Summer question. kick-off By the end of this session both the student and supervisor should feel confident that May 2018 there is a clear and refined RQ; a viable argument; sufficient sources; and a clear understanding of the writing process. This session should take place once the final version of the EE has been submitted. Post It is a celebration of the completion of the essay and a reflection on what the student has Viva Final reflection learned from the process. Final reflection Voce session session (Viva (Viva Voce) Voce) Reflections: student

may not exceed 500 words total for student needs to be more analytical and evaluative with little descriptive (no step-by-step) effective reflection highlights the journey the student has taken to engage in the intellectual and personal process All formal reflections will be done immediately after meeting with supervisor at school on MB

Final reflection will be done at viva voce completion All reflections on MB may not be changed once posted Reflection in the EE (Page 42, 61-65, 67-69) Reflection during the planning, research and writing process The emphasis in the EE is on PROCESS reflection, characterized by reflecting on: conceptual understandings,

decision-making, engagement with data, the research process, time management, methodology,

successes and challenges, appropriate sources. Consider the effectiveness of his or her choices, to reexamine their ideas and decide whether changes are needed. Criterion E Engagement: This criterion assesses the students engagement with their research focus and the research process. It will be applied by the examiner at the end of the assessment of the essay, after considering the students Reflections on Planning and Progress Form. 6/34 marks

Reflections: supervisor Allot time at end of conference for student formal reflection Library Yeokums room Another classroom

NOT AT HOME or to be done at later time! Need to read each students reflection in a timely manner Now for the subject details Subject Preference Seminars October 20 , morning session (Groups 1, 3, 5) th Groups 2, 4, 6 during class time October 25th at the latest

Understand subject-specific guidelines in general Appropriate types of EE questions and samples of topics and questions Receive helpful examiner comments Academic referencing style Q&A session with teachers Whats next?

Go to website: Tab: Subject Pres./Guides Find and read all 6 of your IB courses subject specific guides Note specific requirements Activity: Brainstorming EE Topics Fold blank paper into thirds

Label your favorite/strongest subjects Think of the lessons, issues, projects, discussions, readings that you experienced in these classes over the last two and a half years. Particularly ask yourself which ones 1. Intrigued you 2. Made you think you could do this for a living 3. Made you talk nonstop 4.

Morally outraged you more 5. Broke your heart or disturbed you 6. Open a whole new world to you 7. Left you unsatisfiedthere was more to discover 8. Made you read or investigate further 9.

Puzzled yousomething that didnt make sense Narrow Your Brainstorm Cross out whats impractical or unanswerable or outside approved topic areas Cross out whats less promising, interesting, impractical, unoriginal Look at whats left and take it down another level of specificity by posing a question or stating, I want to learn more about/I want to find out what/how/why Topics of InterestGood Examples

English: I want to research the role of racism in the Harry Potter series, developed into the question To what extent does J.K. Rowling use blood as a complex literary device in the Harry Potter series to demonstrate the negative impact of racism? Topics of InterestGood Examples History: A student fascinated with the first World War and modern warfare submitted the following

How effective was the tank during the First World War? Topics of InterestGood Examples Biology: A student who has a sever gluten allergy Can common kitchen appliances, frequently exposed to gluten, be cleaned through customary sanitation techniques to prepare gluten-free food? Visual Arts: A students interest in Chinese art How does the usage of Fengshui in the design of Emperor Qin's tomb accentuate ancient Chinese spirituality of the afterlife? Glossary of Terms

IBO-produced terminology of definitions Called qualifiers, as they indicate the direction of your essay, regardless of topic Help you avoid yes/no (close-ended) questions The use of multiple ones can greatly lengthen your essay It is important to check the definition of yours before submitting for approval UAIS Process: Supervisor

Selection Students submit two EE proposals in two separate subjects; EE coordinator collects by November 2nd Full UAIS staff divides students according to teachers expertise in proposed areas and to balance staff responsibilities Supervisor-student pairings announced week of November 14th via Managebac No shopping around for supervisors or trading

The Research Process Begins Discuss with your supervisor: The location of materials for your topic A proper academic referencing system A general list of sub-headings for your paper A developing list of EE reading for background and information-gathering

Internal UAIS deadlines Best times to meet or discuss the EE Researching options to get you started: Local municipal library Troy shares with Sterling Heights College/University libraries Oakland University loves us! MEL or Questia database

UCS student email = username case sensitive Password= Its If you created new password and forgot contact Questia and not me Continue on Once students have read more deeply in their areas and assembled a stronger background from which to work, they will begin carrying out their investigation through proper researching techniques that are consistent, balanced, and organized. Failure to buy in to this process looks like this But I Looked It Up! EE and DP Intervention

Students are required to be proactive in attending meetings, completing assignments, and communicating struggles DP Intervention form submitted to Layson, Spear, Yeokum on all levels Potential loss of group 2 or group 4 topic if missed lab or draft date Will impact college application process So, what about those results?

Grades are not often released worldwide by the IBO The latest information shows us the following very interesting statistics, from which many inferences can be drawn May 2015 World Statistics UAIS 2015 - 2017 FAQ: Will your supervisor give you positive or negative feedback, or just suggest alternatives?

At the meetings will content be discussed? Yes If we do Group 2, does our reflections have to be in that language too? All of the above Oui. Si. Hai. Would you be able to get English credits for writing an EE in Group 2?

Universities and colleges look at Writing/ Rhetoric/Composition check with each place if it qualifies CAS/EE Parent Contract Discussed in early September at DP parent night Required for parents to understand IB core requirements and policies Specific requirements for group 2 and group 4 Review of Upcoming EE Calendar

Group 4 and Group 2 mandatory sit-down meetings by October 27th for those interested Topics of Interest Due by Nov. 2nd in the counseling office (box) Supervisor Decisions: mid November Supervisors Announced: By Friday November, 15th via Managebac First Conference Window: opens week of Nov. 27th

General Rubric Training sessions during TOK: TBD March Subject specific ask supervisor The UAIS Research Website Contains everything you will need: Announcements and instructions

Rubrics for your subject area Step-by-step researching techniques/handouts Links to formatting guides (MLA, APA, Chicago) Advice from IBO evaluators EE examples in your subject area EE Question Proposal Form Printable on the UAIS Research website

Step-by-step guide to formulating research question Completed AFTER general topic is approved Must be signed by each of you Coordinator Communication Coordinator announces reminders through UCS email and MB

Remainder of site used to guide the process, almost like an online class, via Managebac and Specific questions addressed through supervisor Any other questions ask me I am your: Advocate Encourager

Drill sargent Wrapping Up From this point forward, everything you need is on the EE website Once assigned to supervisor, complete EE Question Proposal Form for conference (on EE website) Use Glossary of Terms to help complete the Rough Draft Question Be prepared to discuss some ideas for preliminary

background reading (your supervisor will help, but dont come empty-handed) Advice to Students: DO Start early! Follow UAIS deadlines. Think and plan carefully your proposal and your question Share excerpts from your RRS with supervisor Plan a schedule for yourself for completing EE

Choose collegiate level resources (i.e. Questia) List every source on your bibliography as you go Follow the rubric and final checklist UAIS provides Advice to Students: Do NOT forget to analyze/answer the question ignore the EE rubric

waste time collecting data irrelevant to your question surf the Internet aimlessly, repeatedly, with no discipline show lack of discipline in citing sources cite sources that arent used in paper Advice to Students: Do NOT use Wikipedia, About, Yahoo, blogs,, etc

avoid meetings or be absent to buy time ignore the checklists provided think you can put any of this off (procrastination is your worst enemy) cite only websites addresses shame on you; I showed you better! copy/paste and cite still considered unoriginal work

and academic misconduct misquote, make stuff up, etcacademic miscondut forget you can do this! You had PT10! Did you know? Published research College course opt-out Instruct other college students

Enter into Honors College *Anecdotal evidence supplied by former UAIS students-results may vary and are not a guarantee for all IB Extended Essay Supports Success at U Va. Key findings: The IBs extended essay does have an effect on students research confidence and willingness to engage in future research. Former IB students felt strongly that the IB extended essay prepared them to conduct various facets of the research process. When

compared with former AP students, IB students were significantly more likely to indicate they: felt prepared for college-level coursework involving research. had in fact executed a research project at U Va. took pride in their research. intended found to conduct future research. their research skills to be important to their future success. felt supported, after completion of the extended essay, with skills such as gathering and evaluating evidence, and writing and time management, and that they experienced reduced anxiety around writing.

A statistically significant relationship existed between extended essay scores and firstsemester and final semester college GPAs, after controlling for background characteristics. Released: 1/30/2013 9:00 AM EST Embargo expired: 2/1/2013 12:00 PM EST Source Newsroom: International Baccalaureate

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