Grade 11 and 12 TOK

Welcome to the Theory of Knowledge page!
This page aims to provide you with additional information to understand the T.O.K. course and produce sound assessment responses -  the T.O.K. Presentation and the T.O.K. essay response. Please use this page in conjunction with the resources available on ManageBac, TOK moodle page as well as our blog page and class texts. 
TOK Teacher Support Material for 2015 assessment
Please find the link for the current O.I.S. T.O.K. units here. These units are based on the Cambridge edition of Richard van de Lagemaat's book "Theory of Knowledge for the I.B. Diploma".

Grade 12 T.O.K. 2013-14
You are the last grade to complete the current 2008 T.O.K. guide.

To date, this is what you have completed:

Mr. McGill's introduction to the Theory of Knowledge
Natural Sciences with Mr. Killmer and Mr. Mecklem
Mathematics with Mr. Killmer and Mr. Mecklem
History with Mr. McGill
Ethics with Ms. Cheney
This is what you still need to complete:

The Arts with Ms. Cheney
Human Sciences with Ms. Cheney

After completing mini presentations last academic year, you must now nominate what area of knowledge you are going to give your final presentation on. The FINAL due date for T.O.K. presentations is Friday, the 21st of February, 2014.

The most pressing area for completion is the essay! However, we and the rest of the world still don't have the May, 2014 essay titles. They are to be released via the O.C.C. on the 1st of September, 2013 so I will endeavour to make them available to you in class on Monday, the 2nd, lesson 5. We have a lot of work to do in relation to understanding the essay topics, unpacking what they mean and then writing our essay responses. Of course, as much time as possible will be given to meet the essay deadline, Tuesday, 7th of January 2014.


Grade 12 2013-14 essay choices:

1. Ethical judgements limit the methods available in the production of knowledge in both the arts and the natural sciences. Discuss. - LIAM, MATHILDE, JIM, KENTA, AARON, JUNNA AND MAI.

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? - NAOMI, KAORI,

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. - PAULA, JUN-HO, JAKE, KAI AND COE.

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? - EMMA, AYATO, KAZUKI AND YUKA.

6. "A sceptic 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. - TOSHIYA

Grade 12 Presentation dates and A.O.K. choices:

Nov. 11th (HISTORY - Kazuki and Yuka & ETHICS - Emma) & Nov. 15th (HUMAN SCIENCES - Mathilde, Kai & Naomi)
Dec. 9th (NATURAL SCIENCES - Jake, (Kenta & Jim Ethics), & Dec. 13th (NATURAL SCIENCES - Aaron & (Ethics Jun Ho) THE ARTS - Liam & Paula)
Jan. 2014 20th (THE ARTS - Ayato, Coe, Toshiya, Mai, Kaori & Junna)  & 24th Jan 
IF NEEDED Feb. 2014 3rd &7th
TOK Presentation and Marking forms

Richard van de Lagemaat's sample text - provided by Cambridge

Please see the guide below for the last two sections on the nature of TOK Assessment and the TOK Assessment criteria for both the essay and the presentation.



Prescribed essay Titles for May 2013
Grade 12 student choices regarding essay topics
TOK Essay Marking Criteria
Essay exemplars
TOK presentation exemplar


Banksy sells his art cheap - what is he saying?
The arts and beauty presentation exemplar
The arts and rubbish!
Reason and belief presentation
Karl Popper - Uncertain truth
Frank Zappa - freedom
What is Art
Art Aesthetics and values
AOK: Ethics
Ethics Presentation - Common sense
Ethics Presentation - Violent Video Games
Daniel Tammet: Different Ways of Knowing

Sinbad the Sailor - the story
Woolman - activities

What is right and wrong
International School of Manila - TOK page
Useful TOK wiki
Theory of Knowledge net - best resource for TOK!
Ethics definitions and case studies
Good structure for a TOK Ethics presentation

Resources for writing a "great" T.O.K. essay
Formatting a TOK essay
TOK Presentation Forms TK/PPM

AOK: Human Science 
Re-thinking Human Sciences introduction (Columbia Uni. Presentation)
Yves Morieux: as work gets more complicated & rules to simplify
Logical Human Sciences TOK Presentation - Womens Rights
David Hume and his theory of knowledge - "man in the middle" - BBC
Human Sciences - Peace and team building
Independence Burger - Japan
Free Will - the power of introverts!
Free Will - Steven Pinker
Free Will - Do we have free will or is everything predetermined?
Free will, determinism and choice

Other good resources

TOP 10 TOK Essay Writing Tips
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Facebook provided, TOK essay Template for question 3.)
larryferlazzo.edublog for ToK
Madness Presentation - This site includes our in class text by Richard van de Lagemaat

Mr. Green's TOK course