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IB TOK Semester 1

 SUMMER Assignment (for SEMESTER 1 of TOK)

Inherit the Stars

Writing the Comparative Analysis Thesis Statement

Writing the Comparative Analysis Handout

Date:

 In Class:

Homework:

     
 5.23  Finals period 8  
 5.22  Finals period 6  
 5.21  Presentations  
 5.20  Presentations  
 5.16  Presentations  
 5.14  Presentations  
 5.10  Presentations  
 5.8  Presentation/Work on presentations  
5.6   Work on presentations  
 5.2  Work on presentations  
 4.30  Work on presentations--Groups, RLS and KQ due TODAY. We will also select presentation dates today based on the number of groups.
Return papers, continue individual conversations with students for rewrites.
 
 4.26 Sub--The Human Experience  
 4.24 Sub--The Human Experience  
 4.22 IKS and Presentation information
 4.18  FINAL copy of paper due to instructor for written feedback; once I return this to you, you will complete the third box on your paperwork. Paper will be returned to you on 4.30

IKS
 
 4.16  Faith and RKS and IKS  
 4.12 Rough Draft of Paper due for workshopping and meeting #2 with instructor; please fill out appropriate paperwork.

Emotion, Reason, Intuition and Faith and RKS
 
 4.9  SAT  
 4.8  LIBRARY to do research for EE
 
 4.4 Journal: It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle)

AS you write on this prompt, consider the  following KQ's:

Does all knowledge require some kind of rational basis?

How can our emotions affect our ability to reason Reason and Emotion Activity for Pair/Group Work--please complete this in your journals under today's date

Review logical fallacies (handout and review primary categories/fallacies)
Watch The Secret (look for logical fallacies)
-group discussion handout

Emotion, Reason, and Intuition
Watch both of these Ted Talks and discuss
Emotion and ethical/moral judgments
Robots that "show emotion" (4:57)
Daniel Goldman (author of Emotional Intelligence) on compassion (13:13)

 
 Work on paper.

Read the following "Real Life Situation" as presented in the New York Times: "When Beliefs and Facts Collide".  Consider and answer:  To what extent are our beliefs based on evidence? Choose TWO areas of knowledge and write a paragraph for each area. Submit to teacher for grading. DUE TUESDAY instead of TOK journals.
 4.2  Work on paper--meeting #1 with teacher as large group; please practice filling out corresponding paperwork

Emotion and Reason as WOK
--Emotion as WOK notes/PPT/slides with video and reading
--Emotions and social intelligence (Damasio reading)

Work on paper.
   SPRING BREAK     Continue brainstorming ideas and working on your paper as your Spring Break plan permit.
 3.22  Big Fish--finish movie and start working on brainstorming
You may work on your paper over break or make choose to wait. I would suggest you work some as you would over any single weekend. You will have class time and homework time to work on it when we return from break. This particular paper will undergo several drafts as part of the process of learning to write a TOK paper
 Start brainstorming ideas and working on your paper.
 3.20  
Big Fish (Running time 2 hour and 5 min.--goal today is 1 hour, 5 minutes or more)
Discuss journal for 10 minutes 
Paper assignment
Handout essay assignment sheet and discuss. (10-15 minutes)

 
 3.18 Extra Credit KQ due--share some questions

CIRCLE DISCUSSION
--Answer one of the following: Share an experience you have with imagination as a way of knowing OR when can/do you use imagination as a way of knowing in school?
--TED TALK discussion from 3.14 moves to today!

Imagination: the power of creativity
--each student should have 2 discussion questions; share and discuss
Last,
Discuss: "The value of knowledge is lost when the lines between fact and fiction are blurred.”

If time: Imagination, Storytelling and the Importance of Wonder (14 min)


Last 30 min:
Mrs. Kramer to discuss EE subject area handbooks and advisor. If you have not been contact by your advisor yet, PLEASE attempt to make that contact yourself BEFORE Spring Break.


Emotion as WOK--begin this IF there is any time remaining.
If we did not have time to watch this in class, please watch if for homework:
 Imagination, Storytelling and the Importance of Wonder (14 min)



 3.14 BIG FISH:
If you had tickets for Wednesday, the show is now at 12:30 on Saturday.
If you had tickets for Thursday, the show IS AT THE SAME TIME!


TED TALK class discussion--in a circle with 2 volunteer leaders using the discussion questions you wrote for homework.

 
In your journal (and to share tomorrow), write 2-3 discussion questions about this Ted Talk. Those will be the discussion questions we use in class next time.

Imagination: the power of creativity

 3.12

Start imagination
Discuss homework assignment in groups/as class

Imagination Readings 
--each group will have a different reading about imagination as a way of knowing
--each group will read their article, write a summary of the article, and take notes
--each group will share what they learned about imagination as a way of knowing with the class; you should all take notes over the shared information
(Absent students will need to read all 5 articles and write a summary of each to make up today's "shared knowledge" participation points. Please see me for copies of these articles.)

Slides for assignments (no articles included)


IF there is remaining time at the end of the period, we will watch one of the following:
Ted Talks on culture if there is time remaining
"Rich Benjamin: My road trip through the whitest towns in America" (13 min)
"Gus Casely-Hayford: The Powerful Stories that Shaped Africa" (20 min)
"Pico Iyer: Where is home?" (13 min)
Dave Eggers: Once Upon a School (25 min)
"Taking Imagination Seriously (10 min.)




In your journal (and to share tomorrow), write 2-3 discussion questions about this Ted Talk. Those will be the discussion questions we use in class next time.

Imagination: the power of creativity


 3.8
Assembly schedule:
Block 5  7:50-8:55
Assembly  9:00-10:10
Block 6  10:20-11:40
First Lunch 11:50-12:20; Block 7  12:20-1:40
Block 7  11:50-1:10; Second Lunch 1:10-1:40
Block 8  1:50-3:10

Language as WOK:
Language as a WOK and Real Life Situations
--share RLS and KQ
--answer KQ--how would this be answered from various perspectives?
--cycle of presentation: RLS, KQ, subQ, perspectives
Perspectives: "The Lost Art of Democratic Debate" (Ted Talk 20 min)



 Please complete the following over 2 days. Answer in your journal and bring this to class on share on Tuesday.

Day 1 Consider the following and write a response in your journal:

What do you think the role of imagination is in helping us to figure out the world? Can we trust imagination to provide us with reliable knowledge? What are its limitations? Day 2 using the following link, read the quotations and complete the following in your journal: LINK to quotations

Pick out one quote that particularly surprises you –


  • What insight into imagination does it provide you with?

  • Have the quotes made you rethink your initial ideas on the role of imagination in providing us with knowledge?

 3.6 Language
Sapir Whorf hypothesis
When did humans start using language?
Where does language come from?
English words of German origin

Sell this House assignment
Language and business
How do businesses use language to manipulate us?

Language and Science
Blog: the language of doctors
BBC Article: Doctors told to ditch Latin
How a Doctor's Words Can Make Us Ill (and brief podcast)

If time: The problems of language
TOK resources Cow or Beef? and others
For further info on cow vs. beef, check out the following article: The Norman Conquest is why Steak is "beef, not cow."
 
Homework:
Find a current article, film, podcast, Ted Talk, etc. that raises a KQ about language. Bring your KQ and the original source to class next time.
 3.4 Hand out extra credit assignment for Big Fish or movie.

Finish charades and discuss body language.
Discuss Ted Talk you watched for homework--are you thinking about your own body language?

Reading: Language and humans/animals (see me for a copy of this if you were absent)

Finish slide/notes and discuss.

Language Theories (see me for handout)


Research and bring answers to class next time:
When did humans start using language?
where does language come from?
What is the Sapir Whorf hypothesis? 

Research and bring answers to class next time:
When did humans start using language?
where does language come from?
What is the Sapir Whorf hypothesis? 

Don't forget to purchase your tickets to Big Fish.
Don't forget to pay for any AP test you may be taking.
 2.28  Language
Please write on the following quotation:  "The limits of my language means the limits of my world" (Ludwig Wittgenstein).  What does Wittgenstein mean?  Do you agree or disagree?  Explain, giving examples.

Is it possible to think without language?  How does language facilitate, extend, direct or limit thinking?

Discuss Metaphors We Live By:  Chapters 1 and 5

Cartoon (Lang as WOK slides)
Language and the Knower (Smart Slides)
Is "body language" language? Or is it sense perception? Or is this one place where the two overlap? Charades

 TED TALK:  "Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are" (21 minutes)

Take notes on this and be prepared to discuss in class next time.

 If you were interested in the metaphor reading and/or discussion, watch the following TED Talk: "Metaphorically Speaking"

 2.26

Memory Quiz

Discuss article and journal questions/answer from homework assignment. Journal Check today for journals 1-4 (Plato, Dante, Gemstone Jalapenos, and Memory reading)

 Memory PPT with film memory test and film clips

Watch all of Loftus if there is time and discuss the implications of "false memories."

 Memory and Language:
Read and annotate Metaphors We Live By: Chapters 1 and 5 for class next time. 

FYI: Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History Podcasts
Related to class today: Season 3, episode 3 and 4.
Related to English class and just super cool: Season 1, episode 10.

 2.22

Sense Perception

Finish sense perception--discuss Gemstone Jalapenos

Finish other videos and discussion
TEDTAlk--Julian Treasure:  The 4 ways sound effects us  (5:47)
Ted: Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology (7:20)

Start Memory
Circle/group discussion

What part does memory play in defining who we are?

--Read the following article from The Guardian: LINK, THEN --Answer the following questions in your journal to discuss in class next time. Please note: I will be checking all journals next time for participation points:
1. What does the life of Henry Molaison reveal about he extent to which memory defines our identity?
2.  Why, and in what ways, has he acted as an inspiration to artists and film-makers?
3. If memory is so unreliable, and memory makes us who we are, does that mean that our self-awareness is flawed?

 2.20 EE proposals DUE TODAY in TOK

Submit Essay REWRITES AND original copy today.

Discuss Modern Philosophy of Knowledge reading:
What did you find surprising?
What did you agree with?
What did you disagree with?
What is confusing/do  you have questions about/do you need to know more about?

Watch: Ted Talk--Your Reality May Not Be Mine: Sense Perception and Empathy.
Group/circle discussion to introduce emotion as a wok.


Finish sense perception activities, videos, readings, etc. 
TEDTAlk--Julian Treasure:  The 4 ways sound effects us  (5:47)
Ted Talk: "Beau Lotto" (16 minutes)
Ted: Smelfies, and other experiments in synthetic biology (7:20)

Homework:  Approx 30-40 minutes

Watch the linked video and in your journal answer the following questions:

What happens when the senses overlap?
Can sense perception lead to shared knowledge? Explain.

Red Mondays and Gemstone Jalapenos:  The Synesthetic World  (28:33)

 2.15 Return essays--Rewrites due on Wednesday (remember, no school Monday)


Sense Perception presentations:
Tasting
Smelling

Attention Blindness activities with any remaining time.
Taste activity?
Love, language, etc. if we did not do this last time.

Start Modern Philosophy of Knowledge packet: if you were absent, use this link:  Use this LINK
Read Modern philosophy packet for class next time. ANNOTATE please and be prepared to participate in a group discussion over the content. If you were absent,  use this link:  Use this LINK
 2.13 Sense perception presentations:
Seeing
Hearing
Touching

Happy Valentine's Day (Week?)
Let's talk about LOVE: Is love real? Is it an emotion? Is it grounded in sense perception? How do we use language to describe/define "love"? Can this be shared knowledge? Can any emotion be shared knowledge?
Human Sciences and Language: Love
Ted Talk (15 min): The Brain and Love

 Finish presentations
 2.11

Journal #2:

"All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions."---Leonardo Da Vinci

How reliable are YOUR senses--seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, smelling?  How do you KNOW? Can we trust our senses?

Group Activity
Research one of the senses—sight, sound, touch, taste, smell--as a WOK.

Your presentation should answer the following questions AND include the sharing and discussion of a related article, video, Ted Talk, or podcast about your sense (This should be something that makes knowledge claims about which you could ask knowledge questions.) The article should be brief and any audio/visual should be approximately 10 minutes long (please have anything longer than that approved by Mrs. Webb).

  • How does that sense work to give us knowledge? How does it work with other senses?
  • What are some of positives/benefits of using that particular sense?
  • What are some of the limitations presented by the use of that sense? (What if we don't have use of that sense at all???)
Finish presentations
 2.7  SNOW DAY

 
 2.5 Knowledge theory 
LEGO DAY!

The History of Epistemology: the Middles Ages
"Medieval  Philosophy of Knowledge": Use this LINK

Wellness Week Activities: Taking Care of your Body
Don't forget to walk on the track with Mr. Bock at lunch (I'll be there!--Probably for both lunches!)


Finish reading Medieval Philosophy of Knowledge as needed.


2.1  Inherit the Stars final copy due. (I know this is a fast turn around, but I don't want you to have homework over the weekend.) You must submit a printed copy AND submit it on TURNITIN.COM

JOURNAL:
Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. 
  (Plato)

Does our current system of education lead to the acquisition of "knowledge"?  Explain in your journal and discuss this in class.              

Ancient Philosophy and Knowledge Theory
--Read from the beginning to the "Ancient  Philosophy of Knowledge": Use this LINK

Plato and the Myth of the Cave
The Allegory of the Cave:  READ THIS

  • Youtube Clay verison of "Myth of the Cave"  (3:11)
  • Describe how the people in the cave are situated in Plato’s parable.  Why can’t they move or look around?  
  • What is the only thing they are capable of seeing?
  •  What is their only source of light?
  • What do these prisoners trapped in the cavern believe is real?
  • How do the prisoners react when they first see sunlight?
  • Why will the prisoner need time to adjust to the world outside the cave?
  • According to Plato, how would the people in the cave react to an escapee who tried to explain the truth to them, or who came down and broke their chains to set them free?
  • video clip from The Matrix (5 minutes +)
  • How is this a modern representation of Plato's allegory of the cave?

Finish class discussion--no homework


 Bring LEGOS to class NEXT TIME! Bring as many as you can!
 1.30  Inherit the Stars RD due and workshop

AOK values activity
AOK/WOK matching activity
Bring Legos to class on Feb 5.
 1.28 Mrs. Kramer to discuss Extended Essays.

Work on Inherit the Stars paper in class. A completed rough draft is due next time. We will workshop them next time, so I would recommend printing them for others to write on rather than "sharing" online--this also helps eliminate plagiarism.
We do have a chromebook cart available today.
Inherit the Stars rough drafts due next time. 
 1.24  Discuss Olen article and "Justification Chains")

What are knowledge questions? (slides 15-18)
Examples
Practice

Inherit the Stars paper assignment

See me to get a copy of the IB TOK paper rubric for references. You will not be responsible for all pieces of this rubric.



Inherit the Stars paper assignment

Start working on your paper.


 1.22  Inherit the Stars--DONE reading by today

Catch up on EVERYTHING from first weeks of classes--(I assume we will be behind due to engaging class discussions!)

TOK BASICS PPT
SHARED KNOWLEDGE PPT

Perspectives and Culture
Last day to discuss perspectives--cultural perspectives (Wahe/Waher activity--see me for make up work) (This will take 1/2 the period or more.)

What are knowledge claims?
Knowledge Claims about your own culture.
Knowledge claim about Charlie's culture.

Aeon: "Good Arguments . . . "

Olen--Justification Chains--see me to get a copy of this. (You can find a copy of the text here: LINK). Start reading in class; finish for homework.
 Finish Olen article on "Justification Chains"
Think about:

  • What is the difference between "cause" and "reason"?
  • When our beliefs conflict, how are we rationally to choose which one to reject?
  • How important is our own experience in our search for knowledge?
  • Write a justification chain.  In pairs discuss your justification chain.  What items in your chain are accepted "truths," that we take for granted?  What items in your chain require evidence/proof?  How do you judge the reliability of that evidence or the source of that evidence?


 1.17 Names and Intros (I have to learn names!)

Share maps and discuss:
What does this map tell us about the mapmaker?
What does this map tell us about the cultural perspective?
How might this map look different is group x or person y had created it?

More on Knowledge and Perspectives

Perspectives 
shared knowledge vs personal knowledge & overlap and zone of exchange

Cultural Perspectives
Ted Talk: "Dangers of a Single Story"

Perspectives within Knowledge
--how do different areas of knowledge take differing approaches to knowing?
--how do conceptual frameworks or theories provide perspective within particular areas?
--How can different areas of their sub-disciplines provide valuable perspective on issues in the world

GLOSSARY LINK


Inherit the Stars--LONG weekend. BOOK MUST be finished when you return next week!
 1.15 Name and Introduction (I have to learn names!)

Discuss Popper article and answers to discussion questions. DUE TODAY for a grade. Popper cartoon.

Recognizing Perspectives: The "Knower"

Map of the world

  • draw and compare maps
  • look at satellite images (link at bottom of website:
  •  AstronautSunitaWilliamsPicsofEarth.pps
  • discuss maps from other cultures/countries--look at Smart Board file
  • Map of military spending
  • how does one's frame of reference change based on background and experience? TED Talk for this.

Link to Glossary
Define "perspectives" (Disney, first date scenario, birthday party)

Absent students, please refer to the link below. Read the course expectations, watch the videos, look at the maps. Think about what the maps show about the mapmaker's priorities or the country/cultures depicted in the map. How might that that color those perspectives? Don't forget to bring a map next time.
LINK to Google Doc for today's videos, etc.

Bring a MAP to class next time--ANY kind of map. 

Inherit the Stars
 1.11  V-Sauce (youtube): Is Anything Real

Define the following terms (you may look these up on your phone, come up with your own definition--esp. for truth--, or find definitions in the texts you read):
A priori knowledge
Truth
Relativism
Moral Relativism

Karl Popper--"On Tolerance"  (you should have a copy from class); Read the entire speech and answer the discussion questions in your journal. This may be handwritten or typed but this will be submitted NEXT TIME for a grade!
Finish reading "On Tolerance" and answering the discussion questions in your journal. (Due at the beginning of class Friday.)

Read Inherit the Stars if you forgot (reminder: you have had the assignment since MAY 2018!) 
1.9    Welcome to TOK & 2019! Image result for fireworks

Course Intro

Requirements--journal, pens, binder (you will have lots of handouts to put into a binder)
You WILL need your journal NEXT time!
Course overview--course guidelines and expectations.

Inherit the Stars reminder/new information.
--I have a limited number of copies to check out if you have procrastinated. You will actually have until January 22nd to complete the text.

What is Theory of 
Knowledge?
Why study TOK?
How does this fit into the IB program?
AOK--list
WOK--list

Introductions:
Name and something unique about YOU! (It can be about you or can be something unique that you "know," "know how," or "know that" if you want to jump right into knowledge concepts.)

Inherit the Stars 
  EVERYTHING LISTED BELOW is from FALL 2018; please do NOT use the materials below this line. Thanks!  
     
 12.21  Finals 
Blocks 7 and 8

Presentations and 
Make up presentations

Zeke

Final test/paper (this is not something you can study for . . .  it will show me if you understand and can apply the concepts learned in class this semester).

Feel free to email me your TOK moments.
 
Have a fabulous
Winter Break!

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 12.20
 FINALS 
Block 4-6
 
 12.19  FINALS 
Block 1-3
 
 12.18  Presentations
Tyler, Ethan and Pierce
Leila and Lauren
William and Emily
 
 12.14
 Presentations
Mayu, Trish and Maddie--25 min.
Hali and Grace T.--15 min.
Lindsey and Jocelyn--15min.
  Work on presentations
 12.12  Presentations
Gracie, Teesa, and Kyla---25 min.
Will and Aunnaliesa--15 min
Ryan and Stefan--15 min
  Work on presentations
 12.10  Work on Presentations
The Human Experience, part 3. (approx 30 min)
  Work on presentations
 12.06  Work on Presentations
The Human Experience, Part 2. (approx 30 min)
  Work on presentations
 12.04  Work on Presentations

The Human Experience, Part 1. (approx 30 min)
Vimeo film w/ SPANISH subtitles (The entire film is included here.)
Film on Tubi TV (The entire film is included here. (No subtitles; picture quality is better than Vimeo quality.)

 Work on presentations

 11.30 IKS
North American Indigenous peoples--finish up/clean up slides--1st 10-15 minutes of class. Did you read the sample slides? Some of yours do not mirror the samples.

Introduce Presentation
--discuss requirements/expectations
--discuss paperwork
--what the heck is an RLS? 
--choose groups--1-2 (Times are approximate: 1 = 8-10 minutes; 2-3 = 15-20 minutes; 4-5= 20-25 minutes)
--choose dates

 Work on presentations--I would suggest using GoogleDoc or meeting.
 11.28 Indigenous Knowledge Systems: Disappearing Lives

IKS and the Arts
Midnight Oil's "The Dead Heart"
Lyrics for "The Dead Heart"
Youtube recordings
This song was written from the perspective of the original Aborigine inhabitants of the Australian continent. It was penned by the band in response to the Australian government's return of the sacred monolith Uluru (known to us as Ayers Rock) to the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines.


View, read, and discuss The Guardian's "Disappearing Lives: the world's threatened tribes." (Temporary Link)

Collaborative Activity in Google Slides--create your own Indigenous Peoples in Pictures Project.
In pairs or groups of 3, select a tribe indigenous to North America, read about this tribes language, customs, cultures and beliefs.  What customs/traditions does this tribe still practice? Where? What language(s) do the indigenous people speak? What makes them unique as a tribe? Find a picture representative of the indigenous peoples or a custom/tradition still practiced--even if only in ceremony. Create at least one (but no more than 2--so select the most significant, representative information) picture slide with text similar to The Guardian's photo essay.  The ENTIRE class will (attempt to) collaborate on ONE Google Slide presentation: Use THIS LINK to access the Google Slide (PLEASE do not edit the slides if you are not in my class!)
(IF we do not complete this in class, you will have the first 20 minutes of class next time to finish; feel free to work on it from home before class Friday.)

Link to Podcasts by indigenous people:
CBC podcast
Red Man Laughing
Listen to this one at home:
Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning"
Lyrics for "Beds Are Burning"
"Beds Are Burning" is a protest song in support of giving native Australian lands back to the Pintupi, who were among the very last people to come in from the desert. These 'last contact' people began moving from the Gibson Desert to settlements and missions in the 1930s.

BONUS:
Extra Credit!!!
Listen to one or more of the podcasts found at the links posted to the left (they are all between 40-60 minutes). Write a summary-response (1 page of each) and be prepared to share with the class.
Due 12.04. 
 11.26 Indigenous Systems

IKS Quiz and Discussion over reading (Linking Questions 1 and 2 from final reading)


IKS and natural science: BBC article "Aboriginal legends reveal ancient secrets to science" (google this to find it online)--read, the discuss: 
How are climate scientists applying indigenous knowledge to understanding more about threats to our
planet?
Do industrialized societies need to rethink the way IKS approaches knowledge (and what they have to offer in terms of knowledge)?
Is there a "right way " to gain and use knowledge about the world?

Ted Talks on culture
"Rich Benjamin: My road trip through the whitest towns in America" (13 min)
"Pico Iyer: Where is home?" (13 min)
"Gus Casely-Hayford: The Powerful Stories that Shaped Africa" (20 min) 

 
Watch/listen to this TED Talk:
Wade Davis's "Dreams from Endangered Cultures"
and write 2 knowledge questions related to indigenous knowledge systems based on this talk as a "real life situation." This Talk is the foundation of everything we are doing in class next time.



 THANKSGIVING BREAK SEE BOX BELOW
 11.15 Faith and Religious Knowledge Systems

AOKs and the framework

Discuss World Religions Comparison Chart
What knowledge questions about faith as a way of knowing or religious knowledge systems presented themselves during the completion or discussion of the chart?

What do you believe?
How do we determine if a belief system is a religion?
Defining the Characteristics of Religion
BBC article
Another perspective
Defining the Characteristics of other belief systems
 Indigenous Knowledge Systems (a little homework)
Read: "Defining Indigenous Knowledge" (you do not need to complete the activities)
Read: "Knowledge Framework: Indigenous Knowledge Systems"
Read: "Linking Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems" and in your journal answer "Questions and Links" 1 and 2.

This should take less than an hour. Please feel free to do it right before you return to school. Also, please feel free to explore the website further or other sources of information. Bring anything "new" you find to class when we return from break.
 11.13 Faith and Religious Knowledge Systems

More of YOUR TedTalks, podcasts, etc.
Discuss text book
Faith and Religious Knowledge Systems: What do the major world religions believe anyway?
World Religions Comparison Chart
 
 11.9 Faith as a Way of Knowing

Quotes for discussion:
To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
Thomas Aquinas
To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.
Benjamin Franklin

Pascal's Wager
Faith and Science Article from the New Humanist

ASSEMBLY SCHEDULE
Block 5:  7:40-9:10
Block 6:  9:20-10"50
1st lunch: 11:00-11:30; Block 7: 11:30-1:00
Block 7: 11:-00-12:30; 2nd lunch 12:40-1:10
Block 8:  1:10-2:30
Assembly:  2:45-3:10
Read the following for homework IN YOUR JOURNAL
Text book pages 174-183
and
--summarize the different concepts of faith
--answer the questions on p. 176, activity 1: "Faith as Trust" and be prepared to discuss 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (pages 176-177) in class next time
--choose ONE of the question and p. 183 and write a minimum 1 page answer/response to the question(s) (although, you can certainly do both if you are interested)

 11.7 CAS progress--activities and reflections--share today in class.

Intuition
Finish everything we did not get to on Monday.
 Find and watch or listen to a Ted Talk or Pod Cast on sometime TOKish related to Faith and/or Religion. Please watch/listen and bring a summary or clips and a reflection to class on Friday.
 11.5 ESSAY REWRITES DUE AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS TODAY--you must submit your original paper with this.

Any more journals?

Intuition--
discuss the reading

Rest of class: Intuition as WOK
Define & cartoons
Emotion + Reason = Intuition?

Watch and discuss:  

Next, In small groups, select one of these quotations and questions to discuss/debate. Be prepared to share a summary of your discussion with the rest of the class. You may want to take notes on items of brilliance to use in your papers or presentations later.


“Don't try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.” 
― Madeleine L'EngleA Wrinkle in Time
To what extent is intuition necessary in the arts and human sciences?

“I believe in intuitions and inspirations...I sometimes FEEL that I am right. I do not KNOW that I am.”  ― Albert Einstein
To what extent is intuition a reliable way of knowing in math and science?

“Intuition represents a concept which is made up from lots of ideas and assumptions, not all of which will be common to everyone.” 
― Sylvia ClareTrusting Your Intuition: Rediscover Your True Self to Achieve a Richer, More Rewarding Life
To what extent is it possible to share knowledge gained through intuition?



 Find and watch or listen to a Ted Talk or Pod Cast on sometime TOKish related to Faith and/or Religion. Please watch/listen and bring a summary or clips and a reflection to class on Friday.
 11.1 Emotion and Reason
KQ--writing knowledge questions; your RLS and knowledge questions (this is important as a foundation for the presentations we will be doing)

Logic Problems
"Intuition" reading--due next time.
 10.30 Emotion and Reason

"When Beliefs and Facts Collide"--discuss reading, connections to AOK and WOK, submit paragraphs to Mrs. Webb

NEW!
Driverless cars, Moral Machines, and AI ethics
"Should a self-driving car . . ."
The Moral Machine
Ted Talk: "Machine intelligence makes human morals more important"
What kind of knowledge is required for Artificial Intelligence?
How does "memory" as a WOK work in artificial intelligence?
Who is ethically responsible for the "decisions" made by AI--the machine? or the programmer?
How is AI changing the way we share knowledge?

Extra credit ESSAY contest assignment: language and technology.

With any remaining time:
How well do YOU reason? Logic problems. Take these home to work on if you feel like it.

Bring a RLS to class (article, something else. . . ) that we can discuss/debate using emotion and/or reason as a way of knowing. (sort of like I just did today with AI and driverless cars)

 
 10.26  Hand back essays and discuss.




 Reason as WOK

     
     
   SUMMER Assignment (for SEMESTER 1 of TOK)

Inherit the Stars
 
 5.11 Ted Talk: A Visual History of Human Knowledge

Work on "What would it take to make me change my mind?" Activity (if not completed on 5.9)

 
 5.9  Ted Talk on Truth

Start "What would it take to make me change my mind?" Activity

 
 4.23 Ted Talk:  sense perception (vision?), emotion, and technology

TOK Course Companion reading:
--Presentation requirements
--Presentation expectations
--Presentation scoring (in book & handout)

Review presentation dates with group if you had members missing last time.

By end of day today:
Mrs. Webb would like a summary of your RLS and your overarching KQ.  Then you should work on the outline of your presentation (following either the written sample or the presentation map)
 Work on presentation outline.
 4.19  RLS:
Extracting knowledge questions
Presentation requirements, expectation, and scoring.
Mapping your presentation
Presentation dates
 Work on RLS
 4.17 Hand back all graded work for this semester.

Finish The Human Experience--part 3 and conclusion (45 min)

Working with Real Life Situations
Review:
--what is a "real life situation"
--how do I write KQ on a real life situation
--practice in class: Later school start times due to teens sleep schedules (KQ: How do we justify knowledge claims in the Natural Sciences.)

Presentation groups (3 to 5 members) and step 1 of the assignment:  RLS.
 RLS for EACH member of the group for class next time.
 4.9 Faith and Religious Knowledge Systems

Finish any work from 4.5

Share podcasts and/or Ted Talks in small groups; we may select one or two of value to watch today. Others, you may want to use for your presentations or we may want to watch them over the course of the rest of the semester.

Ted Talk: Modern Africa, Faith and Religion

 4.5 Submit ALL papers to be re-scored--please staple the NEW AND IMPROVED paper on top of the original paper.

Faith as WOK and Religious Knowledge Systems
Read in text book p. 174-183--you do not need to read the activity boxes, just he content on the white pages.
As a class or in small groups (3-4 please) discuss the following (time limit on the discussion)
Do you consider faith to be a way of knowing?
Compare faith and the other ways of knowing.
What is the relationship between knowledge and belief?

Read "Religion" handout with dog cartoon. This LINK has the online text with all external links.  Students should use the online text and links or "google" concepts or terms with which they are unfamiliar.
THEN, in the same groups, complete the World Religions chart for as many of the major religions as possible (this will depend on time); students may need to write the answers on their own paper or type them in a google doc to share with me since there is limited space on the handout. EACH student should have a copy of/access to this information, but they may type one copy in a google doc with editing rights for all group members and share with me.

Find and watch or listen to a Ted Talk or Pod Cast on sometime TOKish related to Faith and/or Religion. Please watch/listen and bring a summary or clips and a reflection to class on  4.9

 4.3"

IB, TOK, and global mindedness:
World Week and assignment--discuss lunch presentations and assignment (due Monday). Did anyone go during lunch yesterday or today? Share.


Faith as a way of knowing--introduction

For 4.3:
Read the "Religious Knowledge" handout if we do not have the opportunity to read it in class. LINK to handout




   World Week Festival and Assignment  

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