You are required to write a 1200-1600 word essay on a title set by the IB. The essays for 2013 graduation are here:
May 2013 TOK titles
TOK essays May 2014
Mr Langston’s Essay 5 and 6 Keynote
You may not change the title in any way. You should aim for 1600 words, as shorter essays rarely meet all the criteria.
The full essay criteria are here: Assessment Criteria ESSAY
There is also a useful summary here: Essay criteria breakdown
You are going to use this essay_template to start thinking about your essay. You will need to turn this in next week.
This summary will help you structure your essay – TOK Essay Plan Template
Please download and use one or ALL of these planning sheets to help you get started.
Planning Sheet ToK Essay copy
One way of approaching your TOK essay
Essay Planning Form
Your cover page for final submission MUST look like this:
Here is a very good exemplar essay, together with the IB’s comments and marks.
Example 1 Marks
essay 10 marks
TOK essay: for the LAST time!
Have you read and understood all the different criteria for assessment? Really?
Does your essay number between 1200 and 1600 words? (it should be far nearer 1600 than 1200!)
Have you organized your essay into an introduction, 2-3 examples, and a conclusion?
Is your introduction concise, with a discussion of what the title means, and a brief plan of how your essay will tackle the question?
Are your knowledge issues organized CLEARLY (using linking sentences) into arguments and counterclaims?
Have you referred explicitly to the different AOKs and WOKs, and provided links between them?
Have you used personal examples, specifically from your experiences as an ‘IB learner’, and avoided hypothetical ones?
Have you used well-referenced examples that you have found out about from beyond the classroom (articles, documentaries, books, the ideas of thinkers, etc.)?
Have you considered other perspectives and points of view?
Have you identified implications of your arguments and some of the counterclaims?
Is your conclusion consistent with the rest of your essay?
Yes, to all of these? If so, you’ve done great job. If not, go back and do a great job!
Other essay resources
Six steps to writing a good TOK essay: A student guide by Colleen H. Parker at SPHS
Writing a TOK essay, by Richard van de Lagemaat
How to Write a Good TOK Essay, By Peg Robinson
This in link TheoryofKnowledgeStudent.com goes through a variety of examples of how to answer some of the questions from previous years.
Mr Hoyes’ Notes on The ToK Essay
How to Write a Good ToK Paper, from Collective Thinking
Writing a TOK Essay, from ‘Findings’ Part One, Two, Three, Four, and Five.
10 Tips on Writing a Good Theory of Knowledge Essay, from the American International School of Lusaka
Guide to writing the TOK Essay, from IBCram
Tips for writing a good ToK Essay by Ric Sims @ Nothing Nerdy
Davin Lama 001121-001 TOK - May 20132
In Hitchens’ quote, he states, “
That which can be asserted without evidence can be
dismissed without evidence”. From this statement, I believe that he means
a person who believessomething to be true without having any evidence for it can equally justify it as being untrue, ashe/she does not need evidence to deem it so.
Through reason, Hitchens is addressing a way in
which one may approach matters of the “unknown”
- areas where there may be a lack of enoughevidence. However, evidence is not just gained through reason alone. Language and our senses
play roles in gathering and assessing evidence as well. Ironically, Hitchens’ statement itself is
being asserted without evidence, hence by its own terms the statement may be dismissed.However, the quote raises some important questions. What constitutes as evidence? Under whatcircumstances can something be asserted for without evidence? How can one know when enoughevidence is present for something to be as
serted, or even dismissed? I believe that Hitchens’
statement is true to a certain extent; however the level of this extent differs from one area of knowledge to another. By further investigating the extent of what Hitchens is implying throughthe realms of math and the natural sciences, we can help ourselves to better comprehend thestatement and in reaching an understanding conclusion.Evidence can come in many different forms. An interesting aspect of evidence is that thesame piece of evidence holds different values across different areas of knowledge. For instance,in the civil system of courts, an eyewitness testimony holds one of the highest points of evidence.However in the scientific community, an eyewitness account holds the lowest point of evidence.An example of the power of eyewitness testimony can be shown in the case of the murder of anAmerican peace activist, Rachel Corrie. No one knew how she had died, but because of eyewitness accounts, it became clear that she had been murdered by a bulldozer driver, and thiswas taken as the truth
In scientific cases, if one scientist were to claimthey saw a
an apple ‘fly’
up and defy the laws of gravity, but have no other type evidence, then