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

You have all the tools at hand by now! The Title, the Knowledge Question, Requirements of the Grading Criteria, the Ways of Knowing or Areas of Knowledge, Ideas, and the Format of a Theory of Knowledge Essay. Write a skeleton of your expected ToK essay. Be sure to follow the correct format.

 Here are links to the full titles of the six Nov 2014 IB ToK Essay topics:

Do IB regulations require that a student write a new TOK essay under timed conditions, if he/she is determined to have committed plagiarism on the first draft?


"Tok Essay on the Arts". Anti Essays. 18 Jan. 2016

"Natural versus Social Sciences IB TOK Essay"

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.