Writing the TOK Essay can be very intimidating! BUT–IT doesn’t have to be! The key is to break down the title prompt into understandable pieces, and then create a plan of attack to address those compartmentalized pieces! Also, like all good writing, the key is treating it as a process, and not a one off! The following Linked documents will aide you in your Essay Journey!
From the IB:
Knowledge questions should be thought of as way-stations on a journey to the answer of the prescribed title — useful in explicit form while exploring the title and planning a response to it, but not necessarily stated explicitly in the final text.
2020 TOK Essay Titles: 2020 prescribed titles
Unpacking the 2019 Essay Titles Activity: unpacking-the-tok-essay-2019
Link to Formal Brainstorm (formative #1): HERE
Link to Class google doc with KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS: HERE
Claim / Counter Claim + Examples Organizer: HERE
Examiner feedback: EssayFeedBack ExaminerReport
TOK-Essay-How-to-–For What It’s Worth!
Shared v personal knowledge — A definition. MUST Read if essay involves these ideas!
TOK ESSAY RUBRIC:
Exemplar Essays: PDFs Linked Below:
A recent TOK essay that scored a 10 / 10: Tok Essay 2016 Exemplar-2 10_10
Essay FeedBack Examiner Report: EssayFeedBack ExaminerReport
2017 Exemplar Essay: 6/10: ‘A’ : Sample Essay A-6
TOK Essay Form: ALL Students Need to Fill Out
TOK Essay Self / Peer Evaluation activity:
AIS Curve Used for Assessing the Essay:
- Level 5: “Excellent” 9-10….94-100%
- Level 4: “Very Good” 7-8…90-93%
- Level 3: “Satisfactory” 5-6….85-89%
- Level 2: “Basic” 3-4….79-84%
- Level 1: “Elementary” 1-2…below 78%