IB Extended Essay
What is the Extended Essay?The extended essay is an in-depth study of a focused topic chosen from the list of approved Diploma Programme subjects—normally one of the student’s six chosen subjects for the IB diploma. It is intended to promote high-level research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. It provides students with an opportunity to engage in personal research in a topic of their own choice, under the guidance of a supervisor (a teacher in the school). This leads to a major piece of formally presented, structured writing, in which ideas and findings are communicated in a reasoned and coherent manner, appropriate to the subject chosen. It is recommended that completion of the written essay is followed by a short, concluding interview, or viva voce, with the supervisor.TimelineSpring of 11th Grade - Topic selected, mentor assigned, research and composition begins.
Fall of 12th Grade - Composition and revision is completed with support from mentors.Mentorship for the Extended EssayMentorship for the Extended Essay begins in the spring of the 11th grade, when each Anticipated IB Diploma Candidate is assigned a teacher to guide him/her through the process. The selected teacher will not be one of the student’s classroom teachers. By definition, the Extended Essay is an extra-curricular, independent research paper; thus, the responsibilities of composition and communication lie primarily on the shoulders of the student. Strong Extended Essay candidates keep steady communication with their mentors via email, telephone, and scheduled meetings. When the students reconvene in the fall of the 12th grade, the revision process winds to its conclusion by winter break.
Last Modified on May 31, 2018