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Extended Essay: Learn from the Work of Others

A guide to the research and writing process required for students completing the IB Extended Essay.

Learn from the Work of Others

Books and Papers - Britannica Image Quest.On this page you will find examples of Extended Essay titles used by IB students in the past.

 IB examiners gave all of these essays a mark of either A or B.

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Examples of Extended Essay Titles

Biology

  • The effect of age and gender on the photoreceptor cells in the human retina  
  • The relationship between the population density of Pandanus heliacorpus and and the population size of Macrobrachrium rosenbergii sp.

Chemistry

  • Ascertaining the Concentration of Copper Ions in Water Using Quantitative Techniques: Spectrophotometry and redox potential  

English A, Group 1

  • Identity issues faced by the African-American characters of Toni Morrison's novels "Beloved" and "Song of Solomon"
  • Motherhood, Life, and Death: The human body in Sylvia Plath’s Ariel 

English B, Group 2

  • Portrayal of the social situation of African Americans in "The Help" 
  • Social impacts of video games and societies 

History

  • Continuity and change in Japanese policy towards Jewish refugees in Shanghai, 1938-1943  
  • The early development of football in San Jose, Costa Rica as a reflection of the ongoing social and political disputes 
  • The failure of the German V-Weapon program, 1943-1945  
  • From Dracula’s Nose to Lizzie’s Locks:  How the Whitechapel Murders of 1888 Resulted in a New Sense of Identity for Victorian Londoners
  • The role of Èmile Zola's "J'accuse" in the Dreyfuss affair

Literature and Performance

  • Counterculture Icon or Artistic Memoir: Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl”

Mathematics

  • Higher Dimensional Generalizations of Pascal's Triangle

Physics

  • Investigation of the effects the change in vertical centre has on the stability of a canoe

Politics

  • Legitimizing Jihad: Hezbollah's Lebanonization process 
  • U.S. Intervention in Iraq: Why the prospect of an ideal democratic government in the State of Iraq is unatainable  

Theatre

  • British Pantomine:  Its unique characteristics and their origins 

 Sources:

Extended Essays. 2014, 2015, 2016. MS. West Sound Acad. Lib., Poulsbo. 

"Extended Essay." Online Curriculum Centre (OCC). International Baccalaureate 
     Organization, n.d. Web. 17 July 2015. <http://occ.ibo.org/>. 

Vansickle, Sharon, and Penny Johnson. "Extended Essay Teacher Training 
     Workshop." Paper Presented at International Baccalaureate, IB Americas, 
     English, Training in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, April, 2011. PDF file. 

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