Planning your TOK Prescribed Title Essay

Now that you have (hopefully) chosen your favourite of the 6  Essay Titles, it is time for you to start planning your essay.

We’ll be using the PLANNING DOC linked HERE and at the left-hand side menu.

There are some other important and helpful resources (see screen shot)

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Please do Steps 1-6 of The “STEPS TO YOUR ESSAY” 

2 Great Resources:

Ric Sims (@sharpcomposer ) is the Chief Deputy Assessor and my trainer for TOK. HERE ARE HIS GUIDELINES (includes timeframe)

also check out Tim Woods’ Top 10 Tips for Scoring High on the TOK Essay AND “How to Structure a TOK Essay” , and “How to Meet all TOK Essay Requirements”

You will be given class time in which to work on this, particularly when  I’ll be in Canada presenting, and Mrs. Uherek will be your sub. 

VAN de LAGEMAAT’s ADVICE (VLOG SERIES)

You can read the amazing pdf. written by Richard van de Lagemaat (author of the main TOK book and curriculum writer for TOK).

It’s located under “Essay Resources”, a submenu in the Prescribed Title link to the left

I’ve pulled out the main points and created 6 vlogs (major topics above each video) – (created in 2012)

Vlog #1: Overview

Vlog #2: Introduction, Paragraphs, Conclusion, Citations

Vlog #3: Content, Making it Personal, Definitions

Vlog #4: Arguments, Evidence, Counterarguments, Avoiding Major Errors

Vlog #5: Depth and Breadth

Vlog #6: Examples to Avoid, Quotations, Plagiarism

Prescribed Titles 2014 (and Diigo brainstorm)

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They are heeeeeerrreee…

First join our new Diigo group: https://groups.diigo.com/group/to_kkailua2014

 

Then, participate in the Brain Dump:

https://groups.diigo.com/group/to_kkailua2014/content/braindump-for-prescribed-titles-10680732

What looks interesting and do-able? You have to love it because you need to be passionate about it and well versed. I will be guiding you through the entire essay process in the next few months.

1 Ethical judgements limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in both the arts and the natural sciences. Discuss.

2 “When the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems begin to resemble nails” (Abraham Maslow). How might this apply to ways of knowing, as tools, in the pursuit of knowledge?

3 “Knowledge is nothing more than the systematic organisation of facts.” Discuss this statement in relation to two areas of knowledge.

4 “That which is accepted as knowledge today is sometimes discarded tomorrow.” Consider knowledge issues raised by this statement in two areas of knowledge.

5 “The historian’s task is to understand the past; the human scientist, by contrast, is looking to change the future.” To what extent is this true in these areas of knowledge?

6 “A skeptic is one who is willing to question any knowledge claim, asking for clarity in definition, consistency in logic and adequacy of evidence” (adapted from Paul Kurtz, 1994). Evaluate this approach in two areas of knowledge.

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