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Sequencefree16 February 2012

There are a lot of factors to consider when putting a course together: assessment, holidays, timetables, course requirements and IB deadlines. Although this may seem overwhelming, you will find that... more

Approaching texts16 February 2012

Since textual analysis is at the heart of this course, we need to ask ourselves: 'How does one approach a text?' Is there, for example, a right or wrong interpretation of a text? Should we look at texts... more

Selecting textsfree16 February 2012

For this course you will want to become a connoisseur of texts, meaning that you will want to collect, compile and study a range of text types in hopes of appreciating their qualities. Assembling a reader... more

Gender & sexualityfree16 February 2012

This topic asks us to become more aware of language as an expression of gender identities. When we talk about gender in reference to language, we are referring to the way language embodies, reinforces... more

Research questionsfree16 February 2012

Much depends on a good research question, when writing an extended essay. One will want a question that gets good mileage and will carry through to 4,000 words. Good questions have a careful balance... more

Skillsfree16 February 2012

The extended essay is the culmination of a long process. You could say that the final product is like the tip of a very deep iceberg. While you 'only' see 3,000 - 4,000 words, hours of research, writing,... more

Sample essaysfree16 February 2012

As you prepare the extended essay, you will want to study several sample essays. This will help give you an impression of the final product and an understanding of what is expected. You can do a lot... more

Ambiguity and spam30 January 2012

How can you identify spam quickly? This question, though seemingly simple, relates to the Theory of Knowledge (TOK), since TOK asks: 'How do we know what we know?' One way to develop critical literacy... more

Shock advertising30 January 2012

Shock advertising is used to gain attention. If an advertisement is controversial, then it gains free publicity through the press and on blogs. Even though this kind of publicity can be negative, it... more

Extended Essayfree13 January 2012

The extended essay is an IB core requirement, where students explore a subject in depth. The subject must relate to one of the courses offered in Groups 1 - 6 of the IB Diploma Programme. The extended... more