If there are over 1,000 books/articles/documentaries out there on the exact topic, it may be too broad. They may be a hindrance to you if they teach another subject.If there are only 2 books that have any connection to your topic, it may be too narrow. Speaking of advisors: If you are not certain of who you would like to be your advisor, I would start by creating a list of your top three choices. Green is my favorite teacher, and we get along really well, but he teaches English, and I want to conduct an experiment to compare the efficiency of American Hybrid Cars to Foreign Hybrid Cars. White teaches Physics, I had her a year ago, and she liked me. I would not suggest asking your Biology teacher to guide you in writing your English EE.Once you have figured out a general subject area such as physics, you should brainstorm more specific topics by putting pen to paper. You can’t write about WWII because that would be a book's worth of material.
I also used comparison in my EE, comparing Harold Pinter's in order to show a transition in British Theatre.
Topics with comparisons of 2-3 plays/books/diets/etc. tend to be in the sweet spot of not too narrow or broad because you can analyze each portion and after doing in-depth analysis on each, you compare and explain the significance of the comparison.
If you're really stuck trying to find a not too broad or narrow topic, I recommend trying to brainstorm a topic that uses a comparison.
Once you begin looking through the list of sample essays below, you may notice that many use comparisons.
Whether you need help with science, math, English, social science, or more, we've got you covered. The IB Extended Essay (or EE) is a 4,000 word structured mini-thesis that you write under the supervision of an advisor (an IB teacher at your school), which counts towards your IB Diploma (to learn about all of the IB diploma requirements, check out our other article).
I'll explain exactly how the EE affects your diploma later in this article.
Next, create a list of pros and cons (I know this sounds tedious, but it really helps! EXCEPTION: If you have a teacher who is passionate and knowledgeable about your topic (as my English teacher was about my Theatre topic), you can ask that instructor. There was no theatre teacher at my school, so I could not find a theatre-specific advisor, but I chose the next best thing.
Some IB high schools require your IB Extended Essay advisor to sign an Agreement Form.
Make sure you ask your IB coordinator if there is any required paperwork. If your school needs a Form signed, make sure you bring it with you when you ask a teacher to be your EE advisor.
Note: The IBO only allows advisors to suggest improvements to the EE, but they may not be engaged in writing the EE.