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  1. History IAs cannot be done about anything within the last 10 years, so I think the IB people would frown on using Hamilton, unfortunately
  2. cnd4747

    Help with my IA

    Unfortunately, a couple of these are not extremely good questions for an IB essay. Though they are good historical questions, you will likely loose lots of points for originality and personal connection (unless you have one you didn't explain), as they have been heavily researched. I think the best ones are 2/3 (same question?), or 5 or 6. Number one is very basic, and number 4 is not really historical, but more ethical or social, unless you have a way of looking at it that I don't see, such as looking at German society at the time and their opinions on the matter, though I don't know if there is enough information to go off of with that. Out of 2, 5, and 6, I would chose whichever one I had the most knowledge.interest in. I would personally probably do 5, especially if I could find a number of different historical opinions on the issue.
  3. You should probably either just focus on one or find several specific facts and their repercussions, as unless you have specific examples to use, your paper would be reciting general facts and probably not get a good score.
  4. In regards to the first one, I believe the IB rubric advises students to avoid topics about war and bloodshed. For papers 1 and 2, all of the things you are asking about are very famous and should be easy enough to find resources for on your own, unless there is something specific you are looking for. For papers 3 and 4(?) you will need to be more specific for what you are looking for, but they are also pretty well-known Good methods to find sources are by looking for your topic on Google Books or Google Scholar, or by searching for them at your local library or their website, which often has online resources you may not otherwise have access to.
  5. For my investigation I was going to look at the Loray Mill Strike in NC, and I wanted to know if my question was too broad. My question was: To What Extent Was Communist Influence During the Loray Mill Strike to Blame for Poor Unionization in North Carolina? Is that too long? Or would it be better to say "To What Extent Are Communists to blame for the Poor Unionization of NC? Thanks for any help
  6. I agree with KW - interesting idea, but I don't know how you'll guarantee the coin will spin the same way each time.
  7. Hi, I am doing a physics lab on the deformation of balloons as they stretch, however I am worried I will be focusing too much on engineering formulas and usage in my project. I suppose engineering is really a sub-chute of physics, but I'm worried that if I use too many engineering-specific formulas it will be frowned upon. Am I correct in this assumption? Thanks
  8. Wow, that's neat. One thing I'd be careful of is if you're allowed to do songs or not. I'm honestly not sure if it's books only or just English "works." You'll have to get someone more well-versed in IB-ness than me.
  9. I am assuming that English is not your native language, since you live in the Czech Republic, so you would probably do a group 2 (second language) as your general subject area. Group 2 essays should be more focused on the target culture, studying either language, culture and society, or literature, or a combination of those 3. That means you couldn't really do your first option of comparing 2 songs by them, unless you looked at how culture changed from their early years to their later years. Honestly, I think it would be easier to look at how reflective some of their statements are of the Southern culture in general. Ie, political statements in "Sweet Home Alabama," or religious overtones in other songs like Free Bird or individualism in Mississippi Kid. What songs were you planning to use? Also, not totally related but if you like Lynyrd Skynyrd you may also like some similar bands like Georgia Satellites, Allman Bros, Blackfoot, Outlaws, etc, but that is something to look at AFTER you finish your EE!
  10. I would probably say "How could Red Bull maintain its market leadership in a diversifying/growing market" Be as specific as possible while being as simple as possible. No one wants to see a giant long question, but if you make your question too broad, you will get points off.
  11. Not to be persnickety or a jerk, but that would be a good question for a biology teacher at your school or at another school near you who could probably better comprehend your points of view regarding biology. Honestly, if I read it, I wouldn't know if your info was right or not. Unless you just want someone to read it to see if it flows right or sounds good. If that's the case, maybe. I have to see how my own EE goes.
  12. I agree with the first guy that maybe you could slightly change the focus of your essay. That wouldn't be too hard if you changed it to something similar. You could also e-mail your counselor your question if that's an option, or call them for a meeting. But I probably wouldn't stick with history if I were you. Especially because then you could talk about the recent removal of that policy, and since that's within the last 10 years you couldn't have talked about it in your previous essay
  13. I am writing an essay where I compare 2 historical events. I have just finished writing it and wanted to ask some questions about it. First, it is a comparison of 2 historical events, which sort of scares me, since I haven't seen anyone else do anything like that. I show the similarities and differences and how using the first event, the government learned to do the second event better. (Sorry if I'm being too vague, if you need to I can elaborate) But because it's a comparison, this makes me concerned about a couple things. 1, it feels somewhat narrative. Though there are argumentative points thrown in to point out the similarities or differences in transitional ways, most of it is just recounting their similarities. None of the argumentative nature is written regarding the sources (actually, I don't have much criticizing the sources, either, so I'll need to add that). Given the nature of my essay, is that ok, or should I try and make it more argumentative? 2, I don't have any primary sources (as of right now). I wasn't really aware that there were supposed to be firsthand sources until after I finished writing it. It's a long story about not getting some forms, it's not that I didn't read them, but I just wasn't aware of it. It's not impossible for me to get primary sources, but it would definitely be a lot more work. Are primary sources needed/preferred, or are they more necessary if I was, say, adding a new perspective on a topic? I am more or less the first person (that I can find) to make an in-depth comparison of my 2 events, so there's not a whole lot of primary sources to look at regarding that. 3, has anyone ever heard of a comparison history essay? I haven't seen anything online about one, which makes me a little nervous. Like I said earlier, the point of my essay is to show that one country learned from the first event to make the second event better. Does this sound plausible to you, or should I try and find a new topic? Thanks for your help
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