They are heeeeeerrreee…

What looks interesting and do-able? You have to love it because you need to be passionate about it and well versed. I will be guiding you through the entire essay process in the next few months.

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Remember that the Essay is an EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT worth twice as much as your presentation. It gets sent all over the world, not to the same examiner (so please refrain from locally-specific references or lingo).

There is now no official minimum word count, but the examiners stop reading after 1600 words. (Most examiners I’ve talked to say you should shoot for at least 1400 and no less than 1200 unless you are the most brilliant, succinct writer the world has ever seen).

There are some other important and helpful resources (see screen shot)

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Please do Steps 1-6 of The “STEPS TO YOUR ESSAY” 

2 Great Resources:

Ric Sims (@sharpcomposer ) is the Chief Deputy Assessor and my trainer for TOK. HERE ARE HIS GUIDELINES (includes timeframe)

also check out Tim Woods’ Top 10 Tips for Scoring High on the TOK Essay AND “How to Structure a TOK Essay” , and “How to Meet all TOK Essay Requirements”

You will be given class time in which to work on this, particularly when  I’ll be in London late October.


You can read the amazing pdf. written by Richard van de Lagemaat (author of the main TOK book and curriculum writer for TOK).

It’s located under “Essay Resources”, a submenu in the Prescribed Title link to the left

I’ve pulled out the main points and created 6 vlogs (major topics above each video) – (created in 2012, so a bit out of date but still relevant)

Vlog #1: Overview

Vlog #2: Introduction, Paragraphs, Conclusion, Citations

Vlog #3: Content, Making it Personal, Definitions

Vlog #4: Arguments, Evidence, Counterarguments, Avoiding Major Errors

Vlog #5: Depth and Breadth

Vlog #6: Examples to Avoid, Quotations, Plagiarism


HERE IS @Braddo and #tokrew12 Planning Doc

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(from the TOK Subject Guide)

RUBRIC (Click to enlarge)

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DESCRIPTORS (from Subject Guide)

9-10 Excellent

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7-8 Very Good

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5-6 Satisfactory

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3-4 Basic

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1-2 Elementary

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TITLE CHOSEN: Please shoot for Oct. 14 for all – you can choose in Managebac

PLAN DUE: Week of Oct. 20

DRAFT WRITING (in class): late Oct- Nov.15

DRAFT #1 DUE: Week of Nov 17-21 (before Fall Break)

REVISION PERIOD: Nov. 22- Jan. 30

UPLOAD to IBO: FEB (by appt)


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