Structuring the EE

How your EE should be structured

How you structure your essay is really important!

Having a clear framework will help you to organise your arguments and make best use of the evidence you collected during your reading.

The IB helps you with this! 🙂

There are six required elements but you can add more sections depending on your essay subject and topic:

  1. Title page - This must only include your title, research question, subject and the word count.

  2. Contents page - Number your pages and include a contents page at the start of your essay.

  3. Introduction - Tell readers what to expect in your essay.

  4. Body (research, analysis, discussion and evaluation) - The requirements for this section vary from subject to subject, but essentially this should take the form of a reasoned argument which tells the reader what relevant evidence has been discovered, where/how it has been discovered and how it supports the argument.

  5. Conclusion - Say what has been achieved, including notes of any limitations and any questions that have not been resolved.

  6. References and/or bibliography.