IB TOK Semester 1

 SUMMER Assignment Class of 2021--due Jan 2021

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Writing the Comparative Analysis Thesis Statement

Writing the Comparative Analysis Handout


 In Class:


 5.8  Presentation/Work on presentations

Period 6:
Leda, Lizzy, Emily, Jacob, Seitaro

Period 8:
Sophia and Kathy
Camille and Hayden

IKS with remaining time?
 Work on presentations.
Work on rewrites.
5.6   TOK Practice paper:
Return papers,
Complete final box on paperwork and submit TKPPF for points.

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

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

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.
 4.16 Write for 10 minutes
Reason and emotion: In what contexts or areas should we use emotion as a way of knowing? In what contexts should we use reason? Discuss in light of The Secret and your own personal/shared knowledge.

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.
 4.12 Rough Draft of Paper due for work-shopping and meeting #2 with instructor; please fill out appropriate paperwork.

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
Logic Problems for homework. Optional

Work on paper for TOK

Don't forget to meet with your EE advisor.
 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)
Write for 10 minutes on this prompt, then we will discuss it in class. 
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? Discuss as a class/in groups. Reason and Emotion Activity for Pair/Group Work--please complete one per pair/group. Skip to slide 4. Read the article linked at the bottom and answer the questions on slide 4. We will discuss this as a class and you will submit your answers. As a class: 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? Work on your TOK paper or your EE if there is any time remaining.

Work on your TOK paper rough draft.
 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
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)

--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
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.

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)

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)
"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

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."
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? 


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)


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.
 10.30 Emotion and Reason

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

 5.11 Ted Talk: A Visual History of Human Knowledge


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