TOK Reflections Journal

Explanation --- Review of Key Requirements


Below are a select sampling of resources assigned for each unit in class; a comprehensive list can be found in modules on our Canvas LMS.



Unit 1: Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge

Core Theme: Knowledge & the Knower



Journals & Notes (PPT Slides) --- PDF File

Introduction to the book entitled Bullsh*t (John Grant, 2014)

Knowledge Distinctions - The Basis of Knowledge (Thank you, Amy Scott)

Intuitive v. Rational Judgment:  Introduction to Blink (Malcolm Gladwell)

Knowledge - Key Concepts (PPT Slides)

Notes on Truth Theories (Thank you fellow TOK Teacher, Amy Scott)

Truth Chapter --- Beyond Feelings, Chapter 3

TOK Basics Information Sheet (Revised for 2022-2026 curriculum & assessment cycle)

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Key Readings on the Knower

Bias & Prejudice - "Look Twice"

Belief & Memory - "Your Brain Lies to You"

Reality/Perspective - Plato's Allegory of the Cave

Choosing the Real - "The Experience Machine" - An Essay by Robert Nozick

Reality & Truth - "Plato's Cave & the Matrix" - An Essay
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Unit 2: Overview - Paradigms in the AoKs

Transition Unit/Core Theme: Knowledge & the Knower


Paradigm Notes (PPT Slides)

What is a Paradigm? - A Video Tutorial (Derek Hendrikz)

Making Sense of Paradigms Handout

Conventional Wisdom Handout
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Unit 3: Mathematics as an Area of Knowledge

Optional Theme: Knowledge & Technology



Journals & Notes (PPT Slides)

Ways of Knowing Focus: Reason Notes


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Unit 4: Natural Sciences as an Area of Knowledge

Optional Theme: Knowledge & Technology



Journals & Notes (PPT Slides)

Introduction to the Scientific Method (Univ. of Rochester)

Kuhn's Paradigm Shift - A Visual Metaphor (Video)


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Unit 5: Human Sciences as an Area of Knowledge

Optional Theme: Knowledge & Technology



Journals & Notes (PPT Slides)

Video - What are Social Sciences?

Resource - Methodology in Human Sciences (MSS Research, India)

Video - What is Social Science Research? (Study.com)

Video - How are the Social Sciences Related? (Study.com)


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Unit 6: History as an Area of Knowledge

Optional Theme: Knowledge & Language



Journals & Notes (PPT Slides)

"Thinking Like a Historian" - Compliments of Khan Academy


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Unit 7: The Arts as an Area of Knowledge

Optional Theme: Knowledge & Language



Journal & Notes (PPT Slides)


TED Ed Video Considerations of the Arts

1) Who Decides What Art Means?

2) What is the Difference Between Art & Craft?

3) Music

4) Visual & 3-D Arts

5) More Visual Arts - Graffiti

6) Dance

7) Theatre

8) Poetic Stickup - Spoken Word
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Unit 8: Back to the Beginning - Knowledge in the World

Review of the Core Theme: Knowledge & the Knower



Journal & Notes (PPT Slides) - TBA


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