2) HALF THE CLASS (20MIN): Read actual TOK essays (see handout)

* Open/read the TOK subject guide (and consider how you could use it for your TOK essay OR read the WOK/AOKs sections in the TOK guide that you plan to apply in your essay)

ou just received the list of the ten prescribed TOK essay titles. What are the next steps?

After understanding or not understanding the grading criteria, take your time to plan your ToK essay. This should be done at least a week before the due date. During this time, discuss your ToK essay topic, the knowledge question, the grading criteria, and the outline of your essay with fellow students.


"Natural versus Social Sciences IB TOK Essay"

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The International Baccalaureate (IB) Theory of Knowledge essay is a 1200–1600 word essay on a prescribed topics or titles created by the IB. As the name suggests, your Theory of Knowledge (TOK) essay should focus on knowledge issues (what is knowledge? why and how do we know things?) and link to other areas of knowledge as well. About two thirds of your final TOK grade is determined by your score on your TOK essay.


(c)Now enrich your immediate ideas by going back over notes from your TOK courseto remind yourself of class discussions and material which are relevant to yourtitle. To illustrate your points, gather examples from notes and texts fromyour other IB courses, the media, people you know, your personal experience,and any other relevant sources. Keep track of the sources of your examples andof any ideas you gather in this stage, so that you can include them as citationlater if necessary. Remember, though, that the TOK essay is a research paper. You will not findyour response to the title in a book; books and other sources give you only theraw material which you must shape into your own response. An excellent ToK essay begins by presenting the topic. Definition of keywords or concepts ensues. Most commonly used keywords in the theory of knowledge course possess some extent of ambiguity while others look ambiguous but have alternative meanings. A clear understanding of the meanings of these major words in Theory of Knowledge course is vital in the development of a good ToK essay. Each way of Knowing or Area of Knowledge is a section in the structure of your essay composed of paragraphs. Competing approaches should be organized in an alternating pattern; a paragraph of one claim should be followed by a paragraph of an opposing counter-claim. The ‘Claim' paragraph should state the claim, explain it and give an example. The ‘Counter-Claim' paragraph should state the counter-claim, give an example, and relate the counter-claim to the knowledge question. This is a perfect way of communicating the conflict in your ToK essay. The length of a standard ToK essay is 1,600 words. Hence, you should be precise in summarizing your ideas. Give a conclusion and close the essay by reflecting on the entire essay.