After you’ve selected a knowledge question, you’ll move on to the planning stage Before I go on, this is only ONE way you can go about doing your TOK essay. Well there are a few things you need to remember before we get to the next part. It’s up to you how many you think are relevant to the development of your essay.
I am not guaranteeing that this is the only way to do it but it IS one way to do it. What I personally did in my TOK essay was that I included two WOK’s for every one AOK I included.
This point should quaintly sum up what I’ve discussed so far.
We know we need AOK’s and WOK’s in our argument and we know we need to define as well as cite relevant sources (at least you should know this if you’ve been following so far). For the format I’m talking about, an basic TOK argument might contain the following: That’s a KI I came up with.
Most of the dirty work will be done by you after all. IB TOK is a very watered down, sort of introductory philosophy class. To think critically about a wide variety of issues. Areas of Knowledge and Ways of Knowing are what bricks are to a construction company; they help you construct your ‘building’ (which in this case is your argument). The maximum word count for a TOK essay is 1600 words (at least it was when I did IB.
While that may sound fun, the essay writing and presenting isn’t. You can even apply the tips in this article to your presentation. After all, you don’t see construction companies building skyscrapers without a blueprint. So in your IB TOK essay you’ll have to choose one main knowledge question out of a set of 8 if my memory serves me correctly. Let’s have a quick refresher on what the AOK’s and WOK’s are shall we? I’m basically an old man now so it might have changed).
For example, if you chose to argue with ‘reason’ then you would counter argue with ’emotion’. This outline is to help those that need some inspiration.
To produce a good TOK essay you need to have paid attention during your TOK course work, taken an active part in TOK discussions and learned the basics of writing.
Having examined the basic views, you must summarize the whole in relation to the original topic question, draw any conclusions you wish to make, and end with a look back over the essay.
That is a lot to cover, so realize that using the structure also means keeping each section lean and tight. Writing a Theory of Knowledge (TOK) essay is one of those.