Happy 2013!

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)

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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