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Welcome back to school, Seniors.

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In doing a preliminary review of your Prescribed Title Essays, I think it would be helpful to do a brief (half the period) Self and Peer Review.

Below is the link to the Google doc we’ll be using:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/110gN2i0NB87Q2Y30c5yRHRGLDz7aAAdXGAg8BfSeea8/edit

After you annotate your own essay, identifying the Knowledge Issue Questions, the thesis, the claims and evidence to support your thesis, the counterclaims to your claim, the perspectives, the AOK and WOK used, and  the significance and implications (15-20 min), you will then exchange papers with a a peer (hopefully tackling a different question than you).

That person will:

a. read the first and last paragraphs and skip the middle. Does it make sense? Do you get a good sense of what they are trying to say?

b. play the devil’s advocate – try to make counterclaims if you see a chance. Make the “yeah…but..” statements.

c. Ask the “so what?” Ask other questions, too.

d. check for flow..as a reader, are the transitions smooth? Does the structure make sense?

e. point out any glaring errors.

…and you will do the same for someone else. (20 min)

TOK Jan Calendar (changes!)

Hi all,

Given that the presentations took longer than expected and most of you are having difficulty keeping up independently, I’ve adjusted some dates (for your benefit). Please keep in mind that Theory of Knowledge must end on Jan. 30 for Seniors. 

 

Tues., Jan. 8 (D CLASS)- AOK websites DUE and be ready to present; Self and Peer review of essay draft #1; be ready to turn in presentation plan for Pres. #3 (movie), which is due no later than Fri., 1/11 (submit by posting to your blog)

Thurs., Jan 10 (N CLASS) - AOK websites DUE and be ready to present; Self and Peer review of essay draft #1; be ready to turn in presentation plan for Pres. #3 (movie), which is due no later than Fri., 1/11 (submit by posting to your blog)

Fri., Jan 11 (J CLASS)- AOK websites DUE and be ready to present; Self and Peer review of essay draft #1; be ready to turn presentation plan for Pres. #3 (movie), which is due by the evening (submit by posting to your blog)

Fri., Jan 11: ALL CLASSESpresentation #3 planning doc due (individual 10 min movie)- (submit by posting to your blog)

Wed., Jan 16: (D CLASS) – time to work on presentation film or revising essay

Fri., Jan 18: (N CLASS)-  time to work on presentation film or revising essay

_________4 Day Weekend______________________________________________________________

Wed., Jan. 23: (ALL CLASSES) – OPTIONAL FINAL REVISED ESSAY DUE for all those who would like feedback prior to the final individual conference. (at this point we will schedule a time to discuss and upload to IB; ***DO NOT SUBMIT TO IB without my approval)

Wed., Jan. 23: (J CLASS)- Presentation #3 DUE! (individual film, 10 min) LAST CLASS FOR J CLASS; finalize individual conference times for uploading essays and presentations (there is some paperwork to fill out for both of us)

Mon., Jan. 28: (D CLASS) Presentation #3 DUE! (individual film, 10 min) LAST CLASS FOR D CLASS; finalize individual conference times for uploading essays and presentations (there is some paperwork to fill out for both of us)

Wed., Jan. 30: (N CLASS)- Presentation #3 DUE! (individual film, 10 min) LAST CLASS FOR D CLASS; finalize individual conference times for uploading essays and presentations (there is some paperwork to fill out for both of us)

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CHOOSING PRESENTATIONS AND UPLOADING ESSAY: After Jan. 30, you will have a time to meet with me individually and decide which of your 3 presentations to submit to the IB, as well as go through the procedures of uploading your essay. If for some reason you cannot fulfill the assignment requirements of this calendar, it will be arranged that you meet with me or Ms. Do until you satisfy the requirements.

Vlog Series: Richard van de Lagemaat’s Guide to the TOK Essay

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 (see screen shot)

I’ve pulled out the main points and created 6 vlogs (major topics above each video)

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

Final Presentation: Individual, Free Choice Topic, Video

We have done 2 of 3 required TOK presentations thus far: one related to Language as a Way of Knowing and one related to Ethics as an Area of Knowledge.

Your final presentation will be INDIVIDUAL - that is, you will create a presentation by yourself and for a total of at least 10 minutes.

Since presenting orally takes a long time, we will be doing this one as a video (of any sort).

Choosing your topic: One suggestion is to choose an AOK or WOK you enjoy, then narrow in on one of the open-ended questions available on the Unit Plans (which can be accessed as files in ManageBac for this course).

Examples:

- How has technology changed the functioning and role of the senses? (Sense Perception as a WOK)

- Can a machine have emotion? (Emotion as a WOK)

- How do stereotypes and prejudice relate to reason? (Reason as a WOK)

- What role does remix and mashup – collective creativity and transformation – play in the ARTS?

- Are humans the only species who make and appreciate ART (including music)? How do we know?

- How does LITERATURE (ARTS) help us understand human nature?

- How should HISTORY be taught?

- What does symmetry have to do with notions of beauty (MATH)?

- How has technology affected the NATURAL SCIENCES?

- How do HUMAN SCIENTISTS identify patterns in human behavior and what are the implications of understanding those patterns?

- Does History show we’ve made MORAL progress (ETHICS)?

Examples of types of videos (RSA animate-style, Common craft, stop-motion, voiceover with images or video clips, dramatic re-enactment, Vlogbrothers-style vlog, involvement of friends, etc.)

I’ve found a reasonable example, but will be collecting more:

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or

DUE DATES: 

Presentation Planning document: check Managebac or access the Google doc here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13Ofc6hy-l2wjX2KGJuluOtF7I6ZrY8pQnGAPGowJZzk/edit?pli=1

Final Videos: Check Managebac

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