IB Extended Essays
The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, culminating in a 4,000-word paper. As a required component, it provides:

· practical preparation for the kinds of undergraduate research required at a college level

· an opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth study of a topic of interest within a chosen subject.

Emphasis is placed on the research process:

· formulating an appropriate research question

· engaging in a personal exploration of the topic

· communicating ideas

· developing an argument.

Participation in this process develops the capacity to:

· analyze

· synthesize, and

· evaluate knowledge.

It is strongly recommended that students:

· start work early

· think very carefully about the research question for their essay

· plan how, when and where they will find material for their essay

· plan a schedule for both researching and writing the essay, including extra time for delays and unforeseen problems

· record sources as their research progresses (rather than trying to reconstruct a list at the end)

· have a clear structure for the essay itself before beginning to write

· check and proofread the final version carefully

· make sure that all basic requirements are met (for example, all students should get full marks for the abstract).Responsibilities of

Students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a supervisor, who is a teacher at the school. Mrs. Keyes provides additional support to the students (research, citing, structuring, etc).