" Each title raises generic cross-disciplinary questions about knowledge, and the student is expected to consider the issues raised in the title and reach conclusions about them.
The essay should put forward claims and counterclaims, linking knowledge issues to areas of knowledge and ways of knowing, During the Theory of Knowledge course, students must plan and deliver at least one (in individual or small group, maximum three students) presentation to the class.
This article was co-authored by Stephanie Wong Ken.
Stephanie Wong Ken holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University.
For each exam session the IB prescribes 6 essay titles from which students must choose, e.g., "All knowledge claims should be open to rational criticism.
On what grounds and to what extent would you agree with this assertion?If you do use quotes or other people’s ideas, then you must give a proper bibliography, of course (as a matter of fact, points will be taken off otherwise). It lays the foundation of the essay and guides the reader.If the intro is not clear, then the reader may have problems following your thoughts. For students who have no idea on how to start the introduction, I would recommend to do the following (this is not written in the assessment criteria, it is a personal advice, read the disclaimer at the top of the page! Should I define important terms in the introduction? What you need is a structured approach in analyzing the prescribed titles.A similar system is used for the extended essay and students can gain up to 3 points for the diploma based on the grades achieved for TOK and EE.No diploma is awarded if a candidate fails to submit either the TOK essay or TOK presentation, or receives grade E for either the extended essay or theory of knowledge.There are 12 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.The International Baccalaureate (IB) Theory of Knowledge essay is a 1200–1600 word essay on prescribed topics or titles created by the IB. About two-thirds of your final TOK grade is determined by your score on your TOK essay.An unclear introduction may also be a sign that you, the author, are not fully clear of the ideas yourself. Clarify the terminology, explain the prescribed title question, but do not give me a dictionary definition. All too many students simply quote from the dictionary or from the TOK book without being clear what the term means . Yes, do use TOK theory but make sure that you use it to answer the prescribed title question. In the past I have read too many essays which simply summarize TOK theory without any connection to the title. This is not a question of quantity, but of quality, but you must include them. Some counterclaims are considered." describes level 5–6 in one of the essay criteria).The total score is converted into a grade from A to E.