Most schools allow you to pick your advisor (an IB teacher preferably at your school). The IB Extended Essay must include: However, you should choose a topic that falls into one of the IB Course Categories, (such as Theatre, Film, Spanish, French, Math, Biology, etc.) which shouldn’t be difficult because there are so many class subjects.Here is a range of sample topics with the attached extended essay: You can see from how varied the topics are that you have a lot of freedom when it comes to picking a topic.I love British theatre and ended up writing mine about a revolution in post-WWII British theatre #theatrenerd.
Next, create a list of pros and cons (I know this sounds tedious, but it really helps! EXCEPTION: If you have a teacher who is passionate and knowledgeable about your topic (as my English teacher was about my Theatre topic), you can ask that instructor. There was no theatre teacher at my school, so I could not find a theatre-specific advisor, but I chose the next best thing.
Some IB high schools require your IB Extended Essay advisor to sign an Agreement Form.
If there are over 1,000 books/articles/documentaries out there on the exact topic, it may be too broad. They may be a hindrance to you if they teach another subject.
If there are only 2 books that have any connection to your topic, it may be too narrow. Speaking of advisors: If you are not certain of who you would like to be your advisor, I would start by creating a list of your top three choices. Green is my favorite teacher, and we get along really well, but he teaches English, and I want to conduct an experiment to compare the efficiency of American Hybrid Cars to Foreign Hybrid Cars. White teaches Physics, I had her a year ago, and she liked me. I would not suggest asking your Biology teacher to guide you in writing your English EE.
The IBO recommends that the supervisor spends approximately two to three hours in total with the candidate discussing the EE. Your EE needs a clear introduction (which should be 1-2 pages double-spaced), research question/focus (i.e.
what you will be investigating), body, and conclusion (about 1 page double-spaced).
If you're really stuck trying to find a not too broad or narrow topic, I recommend trying to brainstorm a topic that uses a comparison.
Once you begin looking through the list of sample essays below, you may notice that many use comparisons.
Comparisons are not the only way to get a grade A EE.
If after brainstorming, you pick a non-comparison based topic and you are still unsure if a topic is too broad or narrow, spend 30 minutes doing some basic research and see how much material is out there. Do NOT just ask your favorite teacher to be your advisor.