Hi Raghda: students are free to select any author and work for their EE; they are not limited to the PLA - much like the 'free choice' scope in Part 4. The question of literary merit is a difficult one to judge for obvious reasons - and I do not know 'Worm'. 'Watchmen', however, is - in my view - a sophisticated, multi-layered graphic novel, with much to explore, so I would have no doubts there. The question seems to me a valid one too - perhaps qualifying it with 'explore the concept of the unwilling hero'. Watchmen, at least, 'plays' with conventions and tropes associated with superhero fiction and so there is as much to say about the way he presents his story - the post-modern tricks employed - as the story itself. I suspect this may also be true of 'Worm'(?). In other words, encouraging the student to place some significant emphasis on elements of language, form and general craft, is a good principle to adopt. Hope this helps - but sounds to me like a strong essay in the making!
The extended essay is an IB core requirement, where students explore a subject in depth. The subject must relate to one of the courses offered in Groups 1 - 6 of the IB Diploma Programme. The extended essay is an opportunity to demonstrate research and writing skills, along with other traits of the IB learner profile. While independent study and self-discipline are part of this task, an in-school supervisor is assigned to each student to monitor progress. The final, formal piece of writing of 3,000-4,000 words is something that students can be proud of, present to teachers, parents and even future employers.
The following pages explain the relevance of extended essay to Group 1 and the Language A: Language and Literature course. You can find information on the basic requirements and the assessment criteria, along with sample extended essays from former students. It is recommended that you study these pages carefully before you engage in the writing process, in order to ensure the best results and the most rewarding experience.