6 steps to a really good TOK essay. Modified from Eileen Dombrowski. Step one. Choose a title from the list.
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Choose a title from the list
Do not instantly seize upon a title that sounds appealing and plunge into it headlong.Which one allows you todemonstrate best your understanding of ToK issues and your own critical skills?
What are the key words or concepts?Are you clear about what they mean?Give these words some thought.Check your notes to clarify.Put the title into your own words to make sureyou understand what is being asked.
Read the Instructions and the Assessment Criteria
Read the general instructions for the essay. AND read the essay title you've chosen: what arethe key words?Read the assessment criteria – focus on the top band!
Gather your ideas
Read your title and start to identify the knowledge issues it raises.Which Areas of Knowledge and Ways of Knowing are relevant here?Give it some personal thought
Organise your ideas
Put your notes in related groups and then start to put them into some sort of order.E.g.IntroductionArgument/counter argumentstrengths/weaknesscomparisons of AOKExamplesConclusionThere is no set formula but it must fulfill the criteria
Write the essay!
Keep your notes in front of you.Keep it relevant.Do not use clichéd examples.Do not use dictionary definitions.Make sure you understand what you have written.Check your facts.Identify your sources.Read it out loud.
Hand it in and celebrate!