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History Extended Essay

The Extended essay is a 2,000 - 4,000 word in-depth study on a subject and topic of the student’s choice. Students choose to do an Extended Essay in one area of their DP – this ideally should be in a subject that they are taking for Higher Level and that they are interested in! It is also advisable for a student to do an Extended Essay in the subject that they are going to take at university so that they can included it in their application e.g. on their personal statement for those applying in the UK.

The overall setting up of the Extended Essay and internal deadlines for handing in first and final drafts will probably be set up by the school’s IB Co-ordinator. However, you will be a supervisor for students doing history as an Extended Essay and so will need to give specific subject advice at all stages of the process.

Specifically this will involve:

  • Advising them in their choice of topic
  • Helping them to frame their question
  • Ensuring that they understand the criteria and how these are applied to history essays
  • Holding regular one on one sessions (see section on reflection)
  • Giving feedback on a first draft
  • Ensuring that they understand about referencing and issues of plagiarism
  • Holding a vive voce at the end of the process

If you have several students doing an EE in history, we would advise holding an introductory session for all students to discuss general points on choice of topic, resources, deadlines etc (see specific pages on these). They will also need a lesson on referencing, use of the internet and how to access any online databases that your school has access to (it maybe that the librarian in your school covers this)

Students will be graded A – E on their Extended Essay. The grade that they get for it will be combined with their grade from Theory of Knowledge to give them a maximum of 3 extra points (see grid matrix below). As supervisor, you will write comments on the student's progress but the actual marking of the EE is done externally.

The IB has a guide for the new Extended Essayhere.

Selected Pages

Extended Essay Reports and Exemplars

Please read the reports before reading the essays. The reports contain valuable information directly from IB examiners on what was successful and what was not. Also remember that just because something was successful in an exemplar, it does not mean that this is how the essay must be written. There are many different ways to get a good mark on your extended essay and it is important that you find the approach that best suits the paper you are writing. The exemplars below are only meant to clue you in on the type of analysis examiners like rather than providing a stylistic from that you must follow.

Group 1 - English

Extended Essay Report:English

English:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3

Group 2 - French and Spanish

Extended Essay Report: French (not available), Spanish

French:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3

Spanish: Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3 (coming soon)

Group 3 - Geography, History, and ITGS

Extended Essay Report:Geography, History, ITGS

Geography:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3

History:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3

ITGS:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3

Group 4 - Biology, Chemistry, and Physics

Extended Essay Report:Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Biology:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3

Chemistry:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3

Physics:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3

Group 5 - Mathematics

Extended Essay Report:Mathematics

Mathematics:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2

Group 6 - Art and Music

Extended Essay Report:Art, Music

Art:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2, Exemplar 3

Music:Exemplar 1, Exemplar 2

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