Could You Kill A Baby Hitler?


We discussed the question “Could you kill a baby Hitler” after we completed the “What If?” history project.

Answer that question using the ABC format:

ANSWER the question
BACK it up with a quotation
COMMENT – in other words, elaborate on your thinking

Use what we’ve learned in our Ethic unit, and information from the following sources:

The Ethics of Killing Baby Hitler is from The Atlantic.

The philosophical problem of killing baby Hitler, explained is from Vox.

Would You Kill Baby Hitler? is from The Big Think.

A journalistic service: Here is which Republican candidates would murder baby Hitler is from The Washington Post.

What a world without Baby Hitler might look like is from The Washington Post.

Why It’s Unethical To Go Back In Time And Kill Baby Hitler is from Forbes.

Theory Of Knowledge Modified Schedule 2016

Theory Of Knowledge Modified Schedule 2016

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* You must have a binder that is kept up to date and divided into the different Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge. You should keep separate “Warm-Up” sheets for each of them, too.   I will periodically check binders.

* Here is how we will handle assigned homework reading, which is always due on a Monday:

Read assigned chapters. For each one, write:

1)what you think are the three most important points and why you think they are important (two sentences for each one is sufficient),

2)two short key quotes and at least a sentence explaining why you chose each one, and two questions you have.

3)In addition, you must choose one “linking question” at the end of each chapter and write an “ABC” paragraph responding to it. “A” means answer the question; “B” means back it up with at least one piece of evidence from the chapter; “C” means make a comment/connection — share an informed opinion based on what you learned from the chapter and connect it to something else you know from something you read or experienced.

Homework will be shared in class. You will work with a small group of others who have read the chapter and have twenty minutes in class to prepare a five minute presentation teaching the chapter to the class. Most of this will be done by March, and then the focus during the second semester will be the group presentation and essay.

* Occasional assignments on TOK Class Blog (

* Group TOK Presentation – It will be videotaped. Substantial time in class will be provided to prepare, but outside time will also be needed. Your grade on this group presentation will be one of the two primary components of your official grade from IB. You may make two group presentations on two different topics . The one with the higher grade will count.

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

* If you are an IB Diploma candidate or are seeking an IB TOK Certificate, you will also have to write a TOK essay in the fall of 2016 during your senior year that will be submitted to IB and will comprise the second component of your official IB grade (the Group Presentation will be the other portion).


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


  • History p. 300-322 (homework due Jan. 4th)
  • Ethics p. 363-396 (homework due Jan. 11th)
  • Natural Sciences p. 220-250 (homework due Jan. 19th)


  • Human Sciences p. 256-288 (homework due February 1st)
  • Religious Knowledge Systems p. 403- 431 (homework due February 8th)
  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems (no homework)
  • TOK Presentation Planning – Decide on topic and group by February 22nd. Assuming we can get access to the computer lab or laptops, you will have four class periods each week to work on it for four weeks. Your written plan will be due on March 7th.


  • You will make your presentation in late-March. Presentations will be video-recorded


  • The class will decide if it wants to move immediately into preparation for the second Presentation or if it wants to spend the second two weeks of April “teaching lessons.” For teaching lessons, small groups will pick from a wide choice of materials for each Way of Knowing and Area of Knowledge. Each week, groups will prepare short lessons on the material they chose to present to a small group. You will be provided a guideline, and creativity will be encouraged. You will have one class period to chose and prepare; there will be one-to-two class periods to present.
  • Begin work on TOK Essay in late April


  • Work on Essay



  • Essay due on June 10th