IB TOK Semester 1

Winter/Spring 2021
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Writing the Comparative Analysis Thesis Statement

Writing the Comparative Analysis Handout


 In Class:


 4.26 WOK: faith and emotion (anything else?)
AOK:  human sciences and ethics and RKS

Sub--The Human Experience
What does it mean to be human?

Short paper writing assignment. Start now, if you finish in class submit today; paper MUST be submitted no later than the start of class on 4.30 if you want credit for the assignment.  20 points coursework grade.
Work on reflection paper. Due next time.
RKS and IKS 
Share what you learned about a major religion
Reflection on RKS
Read and discuss:
How do we define "religion" and determine what is a formal religion? 
How religion spread around the world.
Major World Religions: Study Starters
'Ted Talk: Modern Africa, Faith and Religion 

 4.18 We will not have time for everything listed below. Website will be updated at the end of the day.

Faith as WOK
1. KQ:  To what extent does faith consist of: a) certainty; b)
doubt? Explain your answer (write for 7 minutes)
2. Watch Leslie Hazelton's  The doubt essential to faith
3. Write 2nd order KQ based on Hazelton's speech. How do you think Hazelton would answer them (write these answers)
4. Discuss
5. Are you convinced by Hazelton's ideas? Have they made you rethink your answer to the starter question?

Class sharing and discussion (circles)
   What is your religious outlook?
   What do you know about the major world religions? How similar       are they?

Spend a few minutes researching ANY major religion. Come to 
class next time with something to share about that religion.
Faith and RKS 
Faith as WOK and Religious Knowledge Systems
What does it mean to use "faith" as a way of knowing? What types of knowledge can we learn or create with "faith."

Read in text book p. 174-183--you do not need to read the activity boxes, just he content on the white pages.
Based on the text, 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?
  When/how have you used faith as a way of knowing?
  Compare faith and the other ways of knowing.
  What is the relationship between knowledge and belief?

"Religious Knowledge" handout. LINK to handout
-Read this for homework.

"Religious Knowledge" handout. LINK to handout
-Read this for homework.
Emotion, Reason, Intuition and Faith and RKS
Reason as a way of knowing--notes and handouts
Review logical fallacies (handout and review primary categories/fallacies)
Watch The Secret--1st 20 minutes (look for logical fallacies)
-group discussion handout; complete and submit for a participation/daily work grade.

Remaining time:
Logic problems
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 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)


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)
"Taking Imagination Seriously (10 min.)

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?
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."
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.
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? 


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

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.

 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.)

 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.
 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.

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
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.

 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

Read the following for homework IN YOUR JOURNAL
Text book pages 174-183
--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)

 5.11 Ted Talk: A Visual History of Human Knowledge


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