Ib Tok Essay Criteria 2013

You are required to write a 1200-1600 word essay on a title set by the IB. The essays for 2013 graduation are here:

May 2013 TOK titles

TOK essays May 2014

Mr Langston’s Essay 5 and 6 Keynote

You may not change the title in any way. You should aim for 1600 words, as shorter essays rarely meet all the criteria.

The full essay criteria are here:    Assessment Criteria ESSAY

There is also a useful summary here:  Essay criteria breakdown

You are going to use this  essay_template to start thinking about your essay. You will need to turn this in next week.

This summary will help you structure your essay – TOK Essay Plan Template

Please download and use one or ALL of these planning sheets to help you get started.

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Planning Sheet ToK Essay copy

One way of approaching your TOK essay

Essay Planning Form

 

Your cover page for final submission MUST look like this:

 

Here is a very good exemplar essay, together with the IB’s comments and marks.

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Example 1 Marks

 

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essay 10 marks

 

TOK essay: for the LAST time!

  • Have you read and understood all the different criteria for assessment? Really?

  • Does your essay number between 1200 and 1600 words? (it should be far nearer 1600 than 1200!)

  • Have you organized your essay into an introduction, 2-3 examples, and a conclusion?

  • Is your introduction concise, with a discussion of what the title means, and a brief plan of how your essay will tackle the question?

  • Are your knowledge issues organized CLEARLY (using linking sentences) into arguments and counterclaims?

  • Have you referred explicitly to the different AOKs and WOKs, and provided links between them?

  • Have you used personal examples, specifically from your experiences as an ‘IB learner’, and avoided hypothetical ones?

  • Have you used well-referenced examples that you have found out about from beyond the classroom (articles, documentaries, books, the ideas of thinkers, etc.)?

  • Have you considered other perspectives and points of view?

  • Have you identified implications of your arguments and some of the counterclaims?

  • Is your conclusion consistent with the rest of your essay?

Yes, to all of these? If so, you’ve done  great job. If not, go back and do a great job!

 Other essay resources

Six steps to writ­ing a good TOK essay: A stu­dent guide by Colleen H. Parker at SPHS

Writ­ing a TOK essay, by Richard van de Lagemaat

How to Write a Good TOK Essay, By Peg Robinson

This in link TheoryofKnowledgeStudent.com goes through a vari­ety of exam­ples of how to answer some of the ques­tions from pre­vi­ous years.

Mr Hoyes’ Notes on The ToK Essay

How to Write a Good ToK Paper, from Col­lec­tive Thinking

Writ­ing a TOK Essay, from ‘Find­ings’ Part One, Two, Three, Four, and Five.

10 Tips on Writ­ing a Good The­ory of Knowl­edge Essay, from the Amer­i­can Inter­na­tional School of Lusaka

Guide to writ­ing the TOK Essay, from IBCram

Tips for writ­ing a good ToK Essay by Ric Sims @ Noth­ing Nerdy

 


 

Rubrics & Information (Downloads)

Excellent overview of the TOK Essay. Very good suggestions and ANSWERS (!) about citations, tone, format, & style

 

You may select any one of the six, but please note that some are much harder than others.

 

IB document that explains what the essay is, role of the student, role of the teacher, and general guidelines.

 

The Full IB Rubric for the TOK Essay.

 

Same info as the IB Rubric but in a easier to manage format

 

          A brief overview from IB about knowledge issues. 

 

          Helpful in planning out your thought process. 

 

          Some interesting ideas from an IB Biology teacher in Indonesia.   

 

Exemplars with Commentary

 

BTHS Examples

 

BTHS ExemplarsComments
Essay 1Score: 31. Strong voice in the essay. A good example of synthesis of course content and with real world concepts.  
Essay 2Score: 35. Very well-rounded essay. Good diversity of examples. Probably one of the best conclusion to a TOK essay that I have read.  
Essay 3Score: 31. Strong Essay. Well organized, written, and argued. However, it crams in a lot examples and research at the expense of personal voice
Essay 4Score: 35. Very concise essay. One of the more difficult prompts. Concepts are clearly explained and almost all with novel and diverse examples.  

 

Grade Boundaries - May 2014

GradeRange
A28-40
B22-27
C16-21
D9-15
E0-8

 

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