For other articles on the Extended Essay on Intense Cogitation, please see our helpful articles on The Extended Essay Outline and Sample sources for an Extended Essay – The American Civil War. Please also check out my extended essay exemplar about the American Civil War.
The 50 Excellent Extended Essays collection is, as the name suggests, 50 extended essays which rank as outstanding in the IB world for a multitude of reasons, like depth of research, originality, quality of analysis, academic perspective, etc.
Some IB coordinators do have access to this resource, so you should try asking them for printed copies whenever you do your EE.
I haven’t been able to find a resource with all 50 extended essays, but I have found this school website [link checked on 17 March 2012] that has some helpful extended essay rubrics and sample extended essays. This school website [link checked on 17 March 2012] also has some more extended essays.
When you read these exemplars, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Why did the IB choose this as an exemplar? What qualities make it distinct?
- How can I apply these qualities to my own extended essay?
- How would these essays score on the EE rubric?
- What are the strengths of these essays?
- What is (or will be) the strength of my own essay?
- What are the weaknesses of these essays?
- What is (or will be) the weaknesses of my own essay?
- How is the essay presented? Does it look professional? Does it follow academic standards in citations and works cited?
- How can I make my essay follow these standards better?
- How long are the exemplars? Did they manage to cover everything they needed to? Was their argument sound?
- If not, how can I fix that problem? How does this apply to my own essay?
Hopefully those questions will give you some assistance in analysing those essays.
If you need some EE assistance, just leave a comment and I’ll try to get back to you.