The Essay



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!

Unpacking the 2017 Essay Titles Activity:  unpacking-the-tok-essay-2017

TOK Prescribed Titles 2017

Link to Class google doc outlining our topic choice and progress:

Link to Class google doc with KNOWLEDGE QUESTIONS:

Essay Planning form that illustrates a great format/approach: Essay Planning Form

2016 TOK Essay Titles

unpacking 2016 titles

Essay Mistakes and How to Avoid and examiner feedback from 2015: 2015-tok-essay-examiners-notes

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: TOKEssayAssessmentinstrument

Exemplar Essays: PDFs Linked Below:

A recent TOK essay that scored a 6/10: Sample Essay A-6

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TOK Essay Exemplar Re Emotion’s role in knowledge

TOK Essay Exemplar re- ways of knowing examination

Tok Essay Exemplar evaluating a quote and simplicity

Tok Essay Exemplar re evaluating a quote

TOK Essay Form: ALL Students Need to Fill Out

TOK Essay Form for Students to fill out

TOK Essay Self / Peer Evaluation activity:   

Peer _ Self Assessment TOK Essay

 AIS Curve Used for Assessing the Essay: 

  1. Level 5: “Excellent” 9-10….93-100%
  2. Level 4: “Very Good” 7-8…88-92%
  3. Level 3: “Satisfactory” 5-6….82-87%
  4. Level 2: “Basic” 3-4….70-81
  5. Level 1: “Elementary” 1-2…below 70%