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THS IB students complete extended essays

2/5/18

Gathered in a Temple High School (THS) advanced academic classroom in the afternoon on Friday, February 2, light hearted laughter emanated from the room. 
 
A grueling, almost year long process had come to a close, and students, along with their academic advisors, were celebrating.
 
These THS International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates held a party to celebrate the completion of their extended essays.
 
This 4,000-word research paper gives students an opportunity to conduct independent research or investigation on a topic that interests them.
 
Over the course of 10-12 months, and working with academic advisors ranging from teachers to the superintendent, they develop a unique research question (something that has not been answered or studied before), complete the research process, and write a paper with their analysis.
 
The experience is much more than a simple essay; it allows students to grow academically, personally, and intellectually.
 
Topics this year include:
  • How Tupac’s lyrics shaped the African American culture in the 90s.
  • The social stigma of sexual assault and its impact on the law.
  • Domestic violence and how it is treated by legislation.
  • A comparison between the US and Indonesia, looking at how government structures shape the country’s response to climate change.
  • How divorce affects the neurodevelopment of adolescents.
 
Many studies have cited the extended essay as the single best experience for high schoolers in preparing for college-level courses, and Temple High School is proud to offer this experience for our students.