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   Mr. Toad of Toad Hall prepares
   to go motoring. Reprinted from
   Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in
   the Willows


Welcome to Mr. Vitzthum's web site for students writing the IB Extended Essay in English Literature (Group 1).

Extended Essay materials will be made available on this site on an on-going basis throughout the school year. Simply click on a link (underlined) to access the materials.

Extended Essay Guide
All students are expected to fully familiarize themselves with the Extended Essay Guide. Students writing on English Literature should specifically consult the section "Group 1 - Categories 1 and 2". Focus particularly on chapters 2,5,6,7, and 8.

The above guide contains clear expectations of what is required of you as part of the research and writing stages, as well as detailed requirements for the formatting of the final product. It also contains the rubric of how the Extended Essay is scored and how this affects your IB Diploma.

Failure to adhere to the guidelines will result in clear penalties by the IB Examiners as per the official rubric.

You may research a collection of poems or short stories, or write about a play or novel that was originally written in English. Speak to an English Department Extended Essay Supervisor if you have an idea about a text to see if it would qualify as being of sufficiently literary merit; here is a list of acceptable novels about which there is sufficient academic criticism if you are having trouble coming up with your own idea for a primary text.

Supervisor List
Consult Managebac to find your assigned Extended Essay supervisor; it is the student's responsiblity to make the initial contact with his/her supervisor.

Writing relections is an important part of the Extended Essay process and they are externally evaluated. Consult the official IB guide for support in writing reflections which also provides exemplars.

Useful Links and Information
Modern Language Association (MLA) Formatting
The definitive source for MLA formatting and rules concerning submission of English essays is the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi (New York: MLA Association, 1995). The Colonel By Library has a copy of the Fourth Edition of this text available in the REFERENCE section.

There is also a useful MLA Formatting Guide hosted by OWL at Purdue University.

Note that the IB organization will accept other citation methods as long as they are clearly recognized and the chosen method is used consistently throughout the essay.

Research Databases

  • Colonel By Library Subscription Databases
  • Ottawa Public Library Scholarly Online Databases

    Academic Plagiarism
    The MLA Handbook describes plagiarism as "to use another person's ideas or expressions in your writing without acknowledging the source" and includes "fail[ing] to give appropriate acknowledgement when repeating another's wording or particularly apt term, paraphrasing another's argument, or presenting another's line of thinking" (Gibaldi 26). Gibaldi continues, "you may certainly use another person's words and thoughts in your research paper, but the borrowed material must not appear to be your creation" (26, emphasis mine).

    Plagiarism is a very serious offense, constitutes academic fraud, and can carry severe penalties.