Note: this should be a new, original piece of work, not something that you have submitted before.
The task should take 1-2 hours. There is no fixed word limit but as a rough guide you are expected to write around 500 words. If you are particularly enthusiastic about your topic and want to write more than this, that's fine but it is not necessary.
Deadline and submission
The task is due by 6pm on Monday September 19th and both your essay and your investigative journal should be submitted electronically via Microsoft Teams.
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We live in a rapidy changing world, where those who do not know how to learn for themselves quickly get left behind. School can't teach you everything you will ever need to know - much of it hasn't even been invented yet. We can, however, give you a solid foundation of core knowledge to build on and the skills to keep building your knowledge and understanding throughout your life, by finding out for yourself. These are inquiry skills.
Tasks like this essay are designed to build your inquiry skills. The final essay is as important as you make it. Its value depends entirely on how much you invest in it - but the real value of the task lies in the skills you develop along the way.
To find out more about inquiry and FOSIL have a look at the tab on The Inquiry Process.
If that's all a bit abstract for you, think about the opportunities that this task gives you personally:
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