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  • 25 May David Ripley
    Extended Essay
    A lot to answer here, Rebecca! Briefly then... CAT.B2 video games ... I don't know the game, but the issues here are (i) what evidence in the game demonstrates "the portrayal of women"? and (ii) how do we know, on the basis of what evidence,...
  • 25 May Rebecca Weisz
    Extended Essay
    Hi David, I have quite a variety of students writing EEs this year and a few are still struggling with coming up with a unique question (a very different experience from my independent students from last year). Three are interested in looking...
  • 25 May Jason Yuu
    Extended Essay 2018
    Thank you very much David!
  • 24 May Sharon Barrett
    SL sample M
    Thank you :)
  • 24 May David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    This sounds both interesting and practicable, Jason. It is good that the student has a clear and sensible list of source material, and that the RQ seems quite restricted and focused on an achievable aim. . So, in principle, very good. What...
  • 24 May Jason Yuu
    Extended Essay 2018
    Hi again David, Thank you for the quick response to the Dylan idea. My student has now moved on to another idea: How does the 2015 movie The Intern reflect how corporate America, which is a highly educated segment of the country, is (slowly)...
  • 22 May David Ripley
    May 2015 FAQs
    Certainly, Jacqueline, you could check over the student's work - and then you could have a look at the overall English B Subject Report when it comes out (you'll find it on the OCC, around September time), since this may give general comments...
  • 22 May Ed Noel
    PR sample (H)
    Great, thank you!
  • 22 May Jacqueline Petrosky
    May 2015 FAQs
    Hello David, Yes, that is what one of my colleagues inferred, that it very well could have been the rationale, but I don't think the elements of the WA are broken apart in the score report. I will look back at the student's work....My goodness,...
  • 20 May David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    In theory, the 'Freewheelin'...' research question is plausible enough - it deals with a specific cultural artifact (the lyrics of the album), and posits a specific cause/effect relationship with a specific cultural phenomenon. However, in...
  • 20 May Jason Yuu
    Extended Essay 2018
    Hi David, Thanks for that. I have another student who came to me with this: How does the lyrics [in the album] "The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan" reflect the American Hippie Culture and lead to further influences on that culture? 1. What do...
  • 19 May David Ripley
    May 2015 FAQs
    I understand your concern, Jacqueline, but the IB offers no commitment at all to the idea of automatic feedback on performance. I believe that a school can ask for some sort of 'report' on performance in a component (this used to be available,...