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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.
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)
Please do Steps 1-6 of The “STEPS TO YOUR ESSAY”
2 Great Resources:
You will be given class time in which to work on this, particularly when I’ll be in London late October.
VAN de LAGEMAAT’s ADVICE (VLOG SERIES)
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I’ve pulled out the main points and created 6 vlogs (major topics above each video) – (created in 2012, so a bit out of date but still relevant)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
(from the TOK Subject Guide)
RUBRIC (Click to enlarge)
DESCRIPTORS (from Subject Guide)
7-8 Very Good
TIME FRAME / DUE DATES
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)