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Introduction

Includes

Body

Conclusion

Quotes

Four Thousand Words

Abstracts

Acknowledgements

Content Page

Does not include Maps, Charts, Diagrams,
Tables, etc.


Citations

Bibliography/Works Cited

Permissible Topics:

In Language A1 you are studying Hamlet. You cannot include Hamlet in your EE, but you could discuss tragedy and cover other Shakespeare plays.



Student Dos

  • Make your research question narrow so that you can answer it

  • Talk to your supervisor. It is up to you to arrange the meetings. They will not chase you down.

  • Hand things in on time. Keep all notes.

Student Don’ts

  • Have a broad question that you cannot hope to answer

  • Let it get out of control

  • Procrastinate

  • Give up!

Reputable Websites to Try:

www.kslib.info

http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/ (writing hints/guidelines)

http://smnw.smsd.libguides.com/research -- passwords needed for the ABC/CLIO database

Grading:


E=Elementary D=Mediocre C=Satisfactory B=Good A=Excellent

0 – 7 8—15 16 – 22 23 – 28 29 – 36



THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE



A

Excellent



B

Good

C

Satisfactory

D

Mediocre


E

Elementary



N

Not Submitted



A

3

3

2

2

1+ Failing Condition

N
The

E

E

!


B

3

2

1

1

Failing Condition

N

C

2

1

1

0

Failing Condition

N

D

2

1

0

0

Failing Condition

N

E

1+ Failing Condition

Failing condition

Failing Condition

Failing Condition

Failing Condition

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

N

A student who, for example, writes a good extended essay and whose performance in theory of knowledge is judged to be satisfactory will be awarded 1 point, while a student who writes a mediocre extended essay and whose performance in theory of knowledge is judged to be excellent will be awarded 2 points.

A student who fails to submit an extended essay will be awarded N for the extended essay, will score no points, and will not be awarded a diploma.

Performance in both the extended essay and theory of knowledge of an elementary standard is a failing condition for the award of the diploma.

* From 2010 onwards, 28 points overall will be required to be eligible for the diploma if a student attains an “E” grade in either the extended essay or theory of knowledge. As previously, a grade “A” in one of the requirements earns an extra point even if the other is a grade “E”. Attaining a grade “E” in both the extended essay and theory of knowledge continues to represent an automatic failure.




EE grade awarded per subject group



A



B



C



D



E



Total of candidates awarded grade


Total of all registered candidates


Percentage of candidates awarded grades

Group 1

1,746

2,339

2,876

1,262

72

8,295

8,361

99.21%

Group 2

764

817

1,046

463

20

3,110

3,136

99.17%

Group 3

2,699

6,007

10,103

6,717

814

26,340

26,577

99.11%

Group 4

663

1,586

2,836

1,840

219

7,144

7,221

98.93%

Group 5

154

256

421

370

50

1,251

1,267

98.74%

Group 6

769

1,023

1,326

831

104

4,053

4,086

99.19%

PS

131

183

205

77

4

600

608

98.68%

SBS

89

158

377

286

35

945

950

99.47%

Total

7,015

12,369

19,190

11,846

1,318

51,738

52,206

99.10%

Percentage of candidates awarded a particular grade.
2011: EXTENDED ESSAY RESULTS

Group 1 – native language (for us, English A1)


Group 2 – secondary language

Group 3 – economics, psychology, history, business and management, geography,
philosophy
Group 4 – biology, chemistry, physics, design technology
Group 5 - computer science, math
Group 6 – film, music, theatre, visual arts
PS (Pilot Subjects) – dance, world religions, sports exercise and health science
SBS (School-Based Subjects) – world politics, peace and conflict studies, Greek
mythology, art history




Deadlines:

Monday, Nov. 26 , 2012 (Monday after Thanksgiving Break) – Subject matter and mentor choice is due

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (first day of school after spring break)– You should have shown your mentor your thesis and gotten it approved. In addition, you MUST turn in a copy of your thesis to Deines.

June/July –Meetings @ Panera w/ Deines for help, guidance, or just to say “hi.” Dates TBA. Also, contact your mentors over the summer w/questions!

Second week of school -- Fall 2013 – You should be able to sit down with your mentor and discuss your outline! Have a hard copy for them to go over.

End of First Quarter-- Fall 2013 – Rough Draft due to Sanderson(who will then give it to your mentor). Failure to submit a rough draft will result in a failing grade (“F”) in TOK for first quarter.


Advice to Students from Examiners:
(all info was taken from the IB website)


Recommended: Things to do

Examiners’ reports frequently emphasize the following positive steps.

Before starting work on the extended essay, students should:


  • Read the assessment criteria

  • Read previous essays to identify strengths and possible pitfalls

  • Spend time working out the research question (imagine the finished essay)

  • Work out a structure for the essay.

During the research process, and while writing the essay, students should:

  • Start work early and stick to deadlines

  • Maintain a good working relationship with their mentor

  • Construct an argument that relates to the research question

  • Use the library and consult librarians for advice

  • Record sources as they go along (rather than trying to reconstruct a list at the end

  • Choose a new topic and a research question that can be answered if there is an issue with the original topic

  • Use the appropriate language for the subject

  • Let their interest and enthusiasm show

After completing the essay, students should:

  • Write the abstract

  • Check and proofread the final version carefully.

Things to avoid:

Students should not work with a research question that is too broad, too vague, too difficult, or inappropriate. A good research question is one that asks something and that is answerable within 40 hours/4,000 words. It should be clear what would count as evidence toward a question, and it must be possible to acquire such evidence in the course of the investigation. If a student does not know what evidence is needed, or cannot collect such evidence, it will not be possible to answer the research question.



In addition students should not

  • * Forget to analyze the research question
    * Ignore the assessment criteria
    * Collect material that is irrelevant to the research question
    * Use the internet uncritically
    * Plagiarize
    * Merely describe or report (remember you are to be proving something)
    * Repeat the intro in the conclusion
    * Cite sources that were not used

Students tend to do better on the EE in subjects where they have some knowledge!


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