Since the Extended Essay is not the normal research paper, here are things that will be helpful in wrapping your head around the EE. The main idea behind the EE is that the student function like a practitioner in that field. The info below is here for us to help the students achieve that.
Important Info: Under this header I will be compiling revised notes to aid both supervisors and students, especially as we work with the three mandatory reflection sessions and the revised rubric.
EE Guide descriptions of the Subjects: Here is a link to a googledoc of the available Subject Areas. Open this link to find your Subject Area. You will then be directed to the 5-7 page description lifted from the EE Guide. Helping the students fully understand this is vital to our success.
Academic Reading: Our students need to do more of it. The bulk of their research should be pulled from either primary sources or peer-reviewed journals. The good news is that CMS’s recent partnership with the Public Library system enables students to use their student ID number as their library card. They can check out books with it as well as access the online journal collection with provides them with access to hundreds of academic journals. They can go to plcmc.org then the Resources button. Scroll down and look at the ProQuest options especially. Or they can ask Ms Williams in the Media Center for help.
Useful things found on the Online Curriculum Centre (OCC):
Command Terms: In every subject Area there exist a list of key terms that IB expects he students to use (correctly and appropriately). These are called “Command Terms” and they are located near the end of every Guide. Point them out to the students and emphasize their usage.
Scoring Exemplars: the best way to do this is to go to your Subject page on the OCC and then scroll down till you see the header for Extended Essay. There will be multiple examples that have been scored, most of the time with some explanations. These will be helpful in getting the students to understand the scope of what the Essay involves.
Extended Essay Report: These are found on the Subject page of the OCC. Scroll down to the “Extended Essay” header and they are in that list. They typically run 2-6 pages and are useful in gaining an understanding of the grading expectations.
The EE- IA relationship: There should not be one. In no way should the EE resemble a student’s IA to the point that students cannot use the same book or author from their IA in their EE. These are to be entirely separate assignments.