TOK Essay Preparation


Written on March 26, 2011 – 1:28 pm | by Larry Ferlazzo

March 28th:

1) If you have not yet decided which TOK essay prompt you will choose, go to Theory of knowledge prescribed titles: November 2011 and May 2012 and review them again.

2) You will need to decide the best way for you to save and organize the research you do on the Web. I would like you to make that decision before the end of today. I am going to recommend one of two sites:

* Tizmos is very, very simple. Go to Tizmos and create an account. Be sure to open it on a new tab. You may choose to make it private or public, though I would recommend you make it private to guard against accidental plagiarism. This is an easy tool for you save the url addresses of any website you find that would be useful to your writing. Under “tag” you are given space to write notes.

* WebKlipper is also very simple, but, because it has more options than Tizmos (WebKlipper actually lets you make virtual post-it notes on webpages and allows highlighting), is a little more complicated.

If you don’t like either of those two sites, you can find more options here.

Every Friday, I will ask you to show me both the online notes you take and the notes you take on paper when we review the textbook and older hand-outs from earlier in the year.

3) Go to the “Perception” section on the sidebar of this blog, and take notes on anything you see or read that could be helpful to your essay.

4) Go to Mr. Ferlazzo’s TOK Delicious links and, on the right side, click on “perception.” Take notes on anything you see or read that you think could be helpful to your essay.

Though today may be a little hectic because you have to decide on your online bookmarking tool as well as your TOK essay prompt (if you haven’t already decided), our regular schedule for the next two weeks will look like this:

When we’re in the computer lab or have laptops:

* You will start by going to the sidebar to see the Ways Of Knowing or Areas Of Knowledge that we are focusing on that day and review those resources.

* Then you will go to Mr. Ferlazzo’s Delicious links for the same topic.

* Then, after twenty minutes (the time may vary — depending on how it goes, we may spend most of each period on only one topic and share at the end of class), you will share what you learned with someone who has chosen a different essay topic.

* Then we will repeat the same process with a different Way of Knowing or Area of Knowledge.

When we’re in the classroom:

* You will review your notes and hand-outs from the particular Way of Knowing or Area of Knowledge we’re reviewing that day.

* You will review that section of the textbook.

* You will share what you learned with a student writing on a different essay prompt.

* Repeat



  1. One Response to “TOK Essay Preparation”

  2.   By Kom Vang on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    How do you explain the necessity of of IB without using the words “good” and “helpful”?

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