Archive for September, 2010

Problems of Knowledge

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

We will watch these two videos in class. They are both about the “Birther” Movement, which claims President Obama was not born in the United States and in reality is a citizen of Kenya. Therefore, they say, he is not eligible to be President.

As you watch these videos, look at your list of “problems of knowledge.” Which, if any, are being used to justify this claim.

Obama ‘Birther’ Row Rears Its Head Again

TOK Class Schedule 2010-11

Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Theory Of Knowledge Schedule


Read assigned chapters. For each one, write four most important points, key quotes (two-to-four), and questions you have (two-to-four) Homework will be shared in class. Most of this will be done by January. After that time, “homework” will be primarily preparation for TOK Presentation & Essay.

Occasional assignments on TOK Class Blog (

Group TOK Presentation – give it twice with the higher-grade counting. Each will be videotaped. Substantial time in class will be provided to prepare, but outside time will also be needed.

TOK Essay – At least one practice essay (maybe two) & one final essay where substantial time in class will be provided (assuming we can get access to computer lab), but outside time will also be needed.

This schedule is subject to change in consultation with the class.

• Introduction to TOK
• The Problem and Nature Of Knowledge, p. 3-40 (homework due 9/17)
• CAS Plan developed
• Knowledge Issues
• Perception p. 88 -105 (homework due 9/24) – also, do the assignment on the blog titled “Why Do People Believe What They See?” by the same date.
• Linking Questions

• Language p. 47-79 (homework due Oct. 1st)
• Reason and Logic p. 111-141 (homework due Oct. 8th)
• Emotions p. 145-169 (homework due Oct. 15th)
• Math p. 187-213 (homework due Oct. 29th)

• The Arts p.328- 356 (homework due Nov. 5th)
• CAS Review
• History p. 300-322 (homework due Nov. 12th)
• Ethics p. 363-396 (homework due Nov. 19th)

• TOK Presentation Planning – Decide on topic and group by December 10th. Assuming we can get access to the computer lab, you will one class period each week to work on it, plus two periods immediately prior to when presentations begin – a total of eight class periods. Your written plan will be due on January 14th , but I strongly recommend that you review a draft with me prior to December 10th – if not sooner.

You will make this presentation or one on the same or different topic again next semester. The one with the higher grade will count. Presentations will be video-recorded.

• Natural Sciences p. 220-250 (homework due December 3rd)
• Human Sciences p. 256-288 (homework due December 10thth)

• Starting this month and going until the end of the school year, small groups will pick from a wide choice of materials for each Way of Knowing and Area of Knowledge. Each week, groups will prepare lesson on the material they chose to present to the class – either to another small group or to the entire class. You will be provided a guideline, and creativity will be encouraged. You will have between one-and-half and two class periods to chose and to prepare; there will be one-to-two class periods to present; and the remaining day or days each week will be spent on your TOK presentation or essay.

• Student-created lessons on perception during the week of January 10th
• Student-created lessons on language during the week of January 17th
• Prepare TOK Presentations
• Written TOK Presentation Plan due January 14th
• TOK Presentations begin on January 31st
• CAS Review

• TOK Presentations during the first week of February
• Finish TOK presentations during the second week of February, groups decide if they are going to redo it and, if so, make preparations
• Continue to revise presentations and present again during the third and fourth week of February

• TOK Essay Planning. You will choose one of the topics from the previous year and write an essay on it. You must select one by March 4thth. An outline will be due on March 11th. A draft will be due on March 18th. A final version will be due on March 25th. You will have six full periods to work on it – some, but not all, in the computer lab.

• Student-created lessons on Reason and Logic during the first week of March
• Student-created lessons on Emotions during the second week of March
• Student-created lessons Math during the third week of March
• Student-created lessons on The Arts during the fourth week of March

• Review and select one of the new topics for your final essay by April 8th. You will have four full class periods (and maybe more) to work on it during the month, some in the computer lab. Outline due on April 29nd. Draft is due May 13th. Final is due June 3rd.

• Student-created lessons on History during the first week of April
• Student-created lessons on Ethics during the second week of April
• Student-created lessons on Natural Sciences during the fourth week of April
• CAS Review

• Student-created lessons on Physical Sciences during first week of May
• Religion p. 404-431 (homework due May 13thth)
• Final essay due on June 3rd