I'm starting the IB in one week and I really want to pick a topic for my extended essay already. I'm thinking of either something related to English, as I picked English A HL, or geography, which I picked as a standard course. I'm not sure which wether I want do so something related to eng or geo. English is my high level subject, so I could learn more about it compared to geo, which is only my standard level course. I find it both very interesting, but I then again I want to know in which one it is easier to score a good grade, which in the end matters the most obviously. Any suggestions?
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- Thread Starter
- 19-08-2016 12:40
- 24-08-2016 18:12
This website shows a good comparison of percentage marks that people usually score. I think that you should a subject (best if one of your HLs) that you really like and are at good at in order for critical reflection or analysis for whichever subject u choose.
I think doing an IA in Geography is great idea because for English its pure analysis through research and some practicals such as surveys... but it becomes quite difficult! Also, you must have a 3rd HL, you could choose one on that too!
- 27-08-2016 15:06
I sucked at Literature. Took it at SL and got a 6. But I loved what the English EE was about and loved my book so I took English A for EE and got a B and it is one of my proudest achievements in IB.
I don't know much about Geog EE so I'll refrain from commenting on that.
For English EE, try to find a book that you like, and then see if there's any aspects about it that you want to analyse in detail. If you don't have one in mind yet, take the time to read through a number of books to help you decide. Look for recent Booker's List winners or nominees - they usually have enough literary value to be used in EEs. Don't go for classics unless you have feel like you have something original to add to the existing knowledge-base for them. They are overdone to death. That being said, novelty is good, but ultimately it's how good your analysis is that decides the grades. Look at techniques employed by the writers and their intended effects.
If you have any other questions, I'll be happy to help.