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The IB Coordinator and EE Advisor will give a presentation on the nature of the Extended Essay and expectations. You will then need to start thinking about possible areas you want to write your essay in and use the month of January to read one or more of the Extended Essays that are available in the library and online.

You identify subjects and possible topics. You can discuss these with subject teachers. If a subject teacher decides that the research material and topic are suitable and the student is able to write his/her Extended Essay in that subject, he/she submits the proposal. This does not mean that the topic or material cannot be altered or refined after consultation with the supervisor after February 20th. At this stage we expect you to develop ideas and identify research material.

March 3rd (A-L) or 4th (M-Z)
Geisel Library at St. Anselm College field trip. 9-12 during school hours. Permission slips must be signed and returned to the EE Advisor to attend. You can find the permission slip on the BHS Library website.

March 15th
Final deadline for you to turn in a proposal. Allocation of Supervisors through departments will start then. At this point, you cannot change the IB Subject.

You will be given your Supervisor match. You should then contact your supervisor to arrange your first meeting to discuss the topic and first steps by April 15th. The supervisor will help you to formulate a Research Question, and a precise line of inquiry: What exactly are you trying to find out or test by carrying out research and analysis? The supervisor may suggest some specific research and/or reading to be completed before your next meeting. 

To help you stay organized you can use the meeting log
BHS school number is 03321. Session May 2017.

You must meet with your supervisor a minimum of three times. The total time you are allowed to meet with your supervisor is five hours.

The meeting log should be filled in and the log can be brought along to all meetings with the supervisor. Together with the Supervisor you should arrive at a draft essay plan to establish the structure and content of the essay.

May 23 (A-L) or 24 (M-Z)
Geisel Library work day, all day 8:00-2:00. Please find the permission slip on the BHS Library website.

June 8th
Submit the first 2000 word draft to the EE Advisor and Supervisor via Google Docs. The EE Advisor/Supervisor will review your paper and return with comments during summer break.

Summer Break
You should devote a part of the summer vacation to researching, reading and revising the draft of the Extended Essay. We may plan a summer work session if students express an interest, date TBD.

September 22-23
3000 words due to Supervisor

October 31 
Submission of first complete draft 4000 words

You submit a first draft to your Supervisor. The draft needs to be complete and well presented.

A first draft contains:

a) table of contents

b) introduction

c) main part

d) conclusion

e) references/bibliography

Early December submission of Extended Essay: date TBD
You hand in 2 hard copies of your Extended Essay to your EE Advisor. The submission of the Essay will be followed up by a 15 min. interview, a viva voce, with the Supervisor (you need to schedule this meeting). During the interview you will discuss your research, your material and what you learned during the process of writing the essay.


Class of 2017
  1. Use these subject guides to write your EE.
  2. Use this to help you write your abstract.
  3. Command Terms
  4. Help writing you introduction & conclusion
  5. EE Checklist
  6. Format your paper
  7. Optional reflection form
  • Class of 2018
  1. Look at the subject guides here or download the 2016 complete EE Guide here
  2. Read Exemplar Essays here
  3. Permission slips can be accessed here: Geisel Library 
  4. Mandatory reflection
  • Use these documents to help you when writing your paper:
1.  Title page, TOC template
2.  Developing your research question

For Supervisors
  1. Supervisor Reflection form
  2. Supervisor responsibilities
  3. Vive Voce starters
  4. Class of 2017 Rubric

  • The Extended Essay is an in-depth research study on a limited topic within one of the six subject areas. The central goal of the extended essay is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in independent research and writing skills expected by universities. Emphasis is placed on the research process of formulating an appropriate research question, engaging in a personal exploration of the topic, communicating ideas and developing an argument.

  • Basic Information…

    · A 4,000 word study on a topic of interest.

    · Candidates select topic within a subject area and then narrow the topic down to a focused research question.

    · It is mandatory for all Diploma Candidates.

    · The paper presents an extended argument, supported by research that reaches a conclusion.

    · Essays will be externally assessed by IB.

    · Students are supported throughout the process with advice and guidance from a faculty mentor

    Extended Essay Subjects

    The subject of the extended essay must be chosen from the list of IB approved subjects. Since IB specifies the range of permitted subjects, certain topics may not be allowed for an extended essay. The subject chosen does not have to be one of the subjects being studied by the candidate for the diploma, but it is advisable that the candidate has sufficient knowledge and skills within that subject. Candidates should also base their choice of subject on the level of personal interest they have in that area.
    Essay Competitions

    American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest: Write an essay for this prestigious national essay contest for a chance to win a $2,500 cash prize, an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to meet the Secretary of State and full tuition to cover a Semester at Sea voyage once you enroll at an accredited university. Any high school student can enter. New essay contest rules and the application are posted in November each year. The deadline is typically in April.

    Bennington Young Writers Awards: Students in grades 10 through 12 can participate in this writing contest. Choose from one of three categories: poetry, fiction or nonfiction personal or academic essay. The deadline is usually November 1 each year. Top prize is $500.

    DuPont Challenge Science Essay Contest: Middle school and high school students can participate in this essay contest. Write an essay on a science-related topic on one of four of the identified challenges: feeding the world, building a secure energy future, protecting people and the environment and being innovative. The deadline is typically in February each year. Prizes range from a $250 U.S. Savings Bond to a $5,000 U.S. Savings Bond. First, second and third place winners also receive a trip to Orlando.

    EGirl Essay Contest: The National Academy of Engineering’s EngineerGirl website offers an essay contest on an engineering topic for girls and boys. Awards range from $100 to $500. Winning entries are published online.

    First Freedom Student Competition: Write an essay (or create a video) about a topic examining the history and current-day relevance of religious freedom. Top prize is $2,500. The deadline is usually in November each year.

    The Fountainhead Essay Contest: High school juniors can read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and write an essay on one of three topics. Prizes range from $50 to $10,000. The entry deadline is typically in April.

    JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest: Write an essay on a U.S. elected official “who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.” The winner gets $10,000, second place gets $1,000 and up to five finalists receive $500 each. The deadline is typically in early January each year.

    George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest: The National Society Sons of the American Revolution sponsors this annual essay contest. Students compete at the state and national levels. You must write an essay on a topic related to the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence or U.S. Constitution. The top national winner receives $2,000. State/local deadlines are usually by no later than December 31 each year, but these deadlines can vary depending on location.

    National Peace Essay Contest: The U.S. Institute of Peace offers this contest. First-place state winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C., and a $1,000 scholarship. National award winners receive $2,500 to $10,000. Essays are typically due in February.

    Scholastic Art & Writing Awards: Apply in one of 28 categories to earn a scholarship and have your artwork exhibited or writing published. Awards range from $500 to $2,500. New submissions are typically accepted beginning in September each year. Deadlines vary by region and contest.