IB Hexagon Diagram

Calvin and Hoobes Guilibility vs Skepticism

Knowledge issues, Knowers and Knowing

The goal of our first unit will be to explore the center of the TOK diagram, the Knower. Someone you can all identify, the Knower attempts to gather, decipher, categorize knowledge to better understand the world around him or her. For more information on the nature of knowledge and this illusive prey, the "knowledge issue", see this excerpt from the TOK subject guide Knowledge and Knowledge Questions

Essential Questions

1. What defines knowledge? (The Nature of Knowing) More Related Questions

2. Who is the Knower? (Knowers and Knowledge Communities) More Related Questions

3. So where does our knowledge come from? (Sources of Knowledge) More Related Questions

4. What is the difference between "I know" and "we know"? (Personal vs. Shared Knowledge) More Related Questions

5. How reliable are the knowledge claims we make? More Related Questions


Knowledge Question Assignment
Global Impression Rubric for Writing in TOK (Will be used to assess your Knowledge Question Assignment)

Lessons and Unit Calendar (6 weeks)





What defines knowledge? (The Nature of Knowing)
Learning Community Agreements and How to be a Successful TOK Student
Develop Classroom Expectations and Review Guide to Being a "Successful" TOK Student* and
Introduction to Socratic Discussions
Ground rules for participation in ToK discussions (similar to the skills outlined in the above link) can be found on this pdf file:
An exercise in practicing ground rules for ToK discussions-
Can you Spot the TOK Question? Questions

Create a List of 10 "I know ..........." Statements Sample "I know" Statements
How well do you know what you say you know?
Download and complete chart

Class Discussion- "What is the difference between I believe and I know?"
The Knower and Knowledge Communities
"Who am I and how I do I know who I am?"
Car Self Diagnostic

"Does knowledge come from inside or outside? Do we construct reality or do we recognize it?"
Map the Communities that you belong to.
Download of Handout-

Example of a Defining Knowledge Community: Meet the Hitlers Trailer

Class Discussion:
To what extent are we defined by the knowledge communities we belong to?
How much of one’s knowledge depends on interaction with other knowers?
Are there types of knowledge that are specifically linked to particular communities of knowers?
To what extent can we act individually in creating new knowledge? What are the strengths of working in a knowledge community? What are the dangers?
Personal vs. Shared Knowledge

My Knowledge Venn Diagrams

Optional Video Support for Class Discussion: Am I Normal: Spirituality (On DCS Files-TOK Videos)
Class Discussion:
How does the balance between personal and shared knowledge impact the reliability of our knowledge claims?
Reliability of Knowledge Claims
Kid and a Dinosaur.png
What would you believe? Scenarios

Classifying Our Beliefs Activity

Introduction to Justified True Belief and the 3 S Approach

Justified True Belief Revisited-Soycrates-Edmund Gettier(Original Post)

Home work Assignment:

Readings on sources of knowledge:
(This is a great resource for the different types of Knowledge Claims)

Plato and Aristotle on Authority of Government

Discuss Universal vs. Relative and Objective vs. Subjective Knowledge Claims

Discussion activity:

Example of Is Seeing Believing? Dutch Girls Trip to SE Asia

How much of our knowledge is universal (reliable everywhere) and how much is relative?
Socratic Discussion on Knowledge
Introduce Socratic Discussion on Knowledge Task

Socratic Discussion on Knowledge (Double Ring Discussion)
Introduction to Knowledge Framework
The Knowledge Framework

Sample Application of the Knowledge Framework-

Drawbridge Activity- Extraction of Knowledge Question

Handout on Understanding Knowledge Questions

Knowledge Question Assignment



TOK Lexicon for this Unit

By the conclusion of this unit you should have developed at least a working definition of each of the below terms. Refer to the TOK Lexicon to see how our community of learners is contributing to the "definitions" of these and other terms.















__Additional Resources on Knowledge, the Knower and Knowledge Questions

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