MPSHome Alumni Calendar Contact MyMPS
Class Activities and Resources




Class Resources



August 25

  • Greetings
  • Syllabus & Packet (period 1 only)
  • Name Game
  • Knowledge Claims
Day 1 PowerPoint


TOKA #1: What do you belief?

  1. State one thing you believe is true.
  2. Link your belief to one or more ways of knowing (WOKs).
  3. Share 1 real-life example that supports your belief statement (assertion).
  4. Summarize why it stands to reason that your belief statement is true.

Note: Period 1 will complete this in class on 08/26 due to time issues



August 26


  • Knowledge Claims, Counter Claim round about
  • Discussion on types of Justification, Shared and Personal Knowledge
  • Paul Pardi Reading: "What is Knowledge?"  

 Day 2 Power Point

What is Knowledge? Pardi Article

Personal v Shared Knowledge Survey


 Toka #2: What is Knowledge?

Read the article: What is knowledge? By Paul Pardi. Think about today’s class activities and the forms of Justification discussed.

Answer the following questions:

 1.Pick one form of justification you believe to be very strong, and one you believe is very weak. Explain your reasoning carefully by using your own examples to support your point of view.

2.How would you define knowledge? In other words, when does your belief become knowledge? Explain your reasoning.

Note: Period 1 this will be your day 3 TOKA then we will be back on track.


August 27

  • Personal v Shared Knowledge Survey
  • Discussion

 Day 3 PowerPoint




August 28


  • Pardi Article Summarized
  • Personal/Shared belief Worksheet wrapped up
  • Faith/Belief/Knowledge & Questions

 Day 4 PowerPoint

  TOKA #3 What do I know?

•Make a chart with the following 3 columns: Faith, Belief, Knowledge
Give 3 to 5 examples that represent each column.

 Answer the following questions:

1.Why did you put a certain item in the belief column and not in the knowledge column?
2.What are your beliefs lacking (or what do they have) that makes them different from the items in the knowledge column?
3.Why would you claim to know the things you know in your knowledge column?
4.Do you have or have you ever had any doubts that you know the things in your knowledge column?
5.What would cause you to doubt that these things belong in the knowledge column?
6.Are the items in your faith column only religious items? Should they be?
7.Does the list imply that you know less or more than you originally thought?
8.How do these lists affect your behavior?




August 29

  • SPAR (Spontaneous Argument)

 PowerPoint Day 5


Tuesday September  2
  • Discussion of Toka #3
  • Sources of knowledge group work
  • Important Deadlines

 Friday, September 12th – Introduction to your TOK Essay is due and an outline of the full essay.

Friday, September 19th – TOKAs are due for first grading
Friday, October 3rd – Rough draft of TOK Essay is due
Tuesday, October 14th – TOK Essay is due
PowerPoint Day 6

Toka #4: Prescribed Essay

 Read through all 6 Prescribed Essay Titles thoughtfully. Select one title and write as much as you can about it without doing any research. Describe why you selected that particular title.

 •Make sure to write out the entire title of the essay you selected without paraphrasing it.


Wednesday September 3
  • Unpacking the TOK Essay
PowerPoint Day 7

TOKA #5 Unpacking the TOK Essay Part 1

 Write down the full title of the essay then answer the following questions

1.“I believe that this title is stating …”
2.Underline the key terms in the title and describe these terms in your own words
3.Write 2 or 3 knowledge questions that are directly related to the chosen title


Thursday September 4
  • WOKs Project

In Computer Lab 40

Project Description

Each member of your group should be prepared to present a portion of your group's slides. The presentations will be next Tuesday and Wednesday, if needed.
Friday September 5
  • WOKs Project

In Computer Lab 40

TOKA 6 Excerpt

Read the excerpt: Reality, Illusions, and the Aunt Who Cried Wolf; The Construction of Perceptual Beliefs taken from Why we Believe what we Believe by Andrew Newberg and Mark Waldman.

TOKA #6 Perception of Reality

Write down 5 -8 quotes from the article you believe summarizes what the authors are conveying. Summarize your thoughts or what you believe about this information.

Monday September 8

TOKA #6 discussion

Why we Believe what we Believe?


Day 8 PowerPoint Period 0

Day 8 PowerPoint Period 1

Tuesday September 9


  • WOKs Project Presentations
TOKA 7 Superman and Man Article

TOKA #7 -  Due Friday

 Knowledge Issues are claims that can be questioned which come from the effects of bias in human science.

1.What is Gladwell’s argument? Do you agree?
2.List 3 knowledge Issues


Wednesday September 10


  • WOKs Project Presentations
Thursday September 11
  • Student council meeting period 0 - work day for students in class


  • Finished Presentations for period 1 and TOKA #7 round robin/discussion
Friday September 12
  • Finish Presentations for Period 0
  • Finish the last presentation and SPAR #2 for Period 1

TOKA #7 due

Essay Introduction paragraph and outline is due today!

Monday September 15
  • Memory lesson - PowerPoint
  • Article


TOKA #8 Ex-Child-Soldier Article







TOKA #8 Ex-child Solder article

1. Who and what determines what childhood is? what a soldier is?

2. To what extent is memory the content of what we recall, and to what extent is it the process?

3. In what way are both recall and process affected by emotion?

4. To what extent is personal testimony reliable with child soldiers?

5. What is wrong with recruiting children as soldiers?

6. Does awareness bring responsibility?

Tuesday September 16
  • TOKA #8 discussion
  • The day Language died

TOKA #9 - The Day Language Died Article

Day 16 PowerPoint


 1.What do you believe are the reasons for the decline in the number of human languages overtime?

2.Do you think the death of a language matters? Why or why not?
3.Do you think learning a new language requires you to take on a new identity? Why or why not?
4.How does language bind humans together?


Wednesday September 17
  • TOKA #9 discussion
  • The Secret Live of Pronouns

Day 17 PowerPoint

Complete the following exercise online: The I-Test

Then watch the video clip:

Video Clip

Complete the following discussion questions:

 Think about the video clip and the article “The Power of Pronouns” and as a group describe what the psychologist, Pennebaker is trying to tell us about “small words”.

1.Does knowing this information matter? Why or why not?
2.Is it possible to train yourself to use less I-words?
3.What else did you learn about the use of pronouns?


Thursday September 18
  • Secret Life of Pronouns exercises

Computer Lab Exercises

  1. Complete the following tests on the Computer Lab Exercises link
  1. Perceptual style: You are what you see 
  2. A projective test: The tat

Make sure to read your results.


TOKA #10: The Secret Life of Pronouns

  1. According to the Perceptual style test, what were your strongest visual dimensions? What were your weakest? Do you agree with the results? Why or why not?
  2. What did you learn from the Projective test: TAT? Do you agree or disagree with the results? Why or why not?

TOKAs are due tomorrow #1 - #10


Friday September 19
  • Discuss Pennebaker's work
  • Profanity Group Work

Day 19 PowerPoint


TOKAs are due for first Grade check today.  Make sure to review the rubric!
Monday September 22
  • Complete the Profanity group work presentations
  • Read, "The Charactors of the Story" excerpt from Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Day 20 PowerPoint

Article "The Charactors of the Story"

Find 5 interesting quotes in the article. Be able to speak to why these quotes were interesting to you.
Tuesday September 23
  • Class discussion on "The Charactors of the Story"
  • Strengths and Weaknesses of System 1 and 2.
Day 21 PowerPoint None
Wednesday September 24
  • Essay work time in Computer Lab 40
  • Exemplars (See Essay Page)
Complete TOK Essay Draft is due 10/14
Thursday September 25
  • Fallacies


Day 23 PowerPoint

Logical Fallacies chart

Friday September 26
  • Fallacies

Day 24 PowerPoint

Definition of logical fallacies with examples

TOKA #11 Logical Fallacies

 1.Give an example of a logical fallacy you have witnessed.

2.What advantage does a person who can detect the use of logical fallacies have?


Monday September 29
  • Guest Speaker - Maggie Heier

Day 25 Guest Speaker PowerPoint

Planned Happenstance article

Preparing for Academic/Career choices

Z-DecisionMaking Model


Tuesday, September 30
  • Read a TOK Essay
  • Review the Essay according to the handout and rubric

Review the TOK Essay handout


Wednesday, October 1
  • Essay Work in Computer Lab 40

Prescribed Title Advice


Formatting guidelines

Complete rough draft is due 10/03

Final Draft is due 10/14/2014

Thursday October 2
  • Planned Happenstance Jigsaw and Discussion
Planned Happenstance article

TOKA #12 Planned Happenstance

 1. What area of  Z-decision making model do you tend to use most? How could you use this model to make a more informed decision?

2. Have you ever experienced an event purely by “chance”? If not, write an example of an event that could happen purely by chance.
3. Describe the event and think about everything that led up to that event. Do you still think the event occurred by “pure chance”? Why or Why not.
4.The next time someone asks you, “What are you doing to do after high school?” How will you respond? Why will you respond this way?
Friday October 3
  • Peer Review of Draft TOK Essay
  TOK Essay rough draft is due!
Monday, October 6
  • Imagination as a WOK

The Power of Imagination article

Day 30 PowerPoint Imagination

TOKA #13

 1.In your view, what power does imagination have in this world?

2.Has technological advancement deformed us as humans as Shakespeare suggested? Why or why not?
3.How would you define imagination?


Tuesday October 7
  • Emotion as a WOK

Day 31 PowerPoint

Link to "The Smartest Dog in the World" 60 minutes video

Prepare for Emotion presentation
Wednesday October 8
  • Emotion Presentations
  • Emotion and Logic

Day 32 PowerPoint

Breakups: Emotion vs. Logic

TOKA #14 Logic over Emotion

1.Give 2 or more examples from the article of the power (advantage) of using logic over emotion

2.Do you think Stacy should of followed logic instead of her emotions? Why or why not?
3.Why do you think it is sometimes difficult to overcome our emotions in relationships even though rationally it is quite easy to see what we should do?


Thursday October 9
  • Emotion as a WOK

The Emotional Brain

How to Forgive Someone When It's Hard: 30 Tips to Let Go of Anger

Ted Talk: Shame

TOKA #15: The Emotional Brain

 1.Do you think it is ethical for fund raising organizations (and other groups) to use the information we know about our emotional brains to their group’s advantage? Why or why not?

2.Is emotion is more powerful than logic? Why or Why not?


Friday October 10
  • Essay work in the Computer Lab

Essay is due on Tuesday of next week

Monday October 13
  • Movie
  Essay is due tomorrow
Tuesday October 14
  • Movie


TOK Essay FINAL Draft is due!

Monday October 20 Intuition

Computer Lab intuition tests: 

Intuition Tests

Article: Gut Almighty

 TOKA #16 Intuition as a WOK

 1. Do you agree with the results of the intuition tests? Why or why not?

2. Do you think some people are more intuitive than others? Why or why not?

3. Do you think it is possible to improve your intuition? Why or why not?

4. What other ways of knowing affect your intuition?

5. How reliable is intuition as a way of knowing?

 Read the article:  Gut Almighty (highlight or note some things from this article to discuss tomorrow)

Tuesday October 21 Intuition

Article: Gut Almighty

Ted Talk: Intuition

Day 38 PowerPoint


Wednesday October 22 Faith

Day 39 PowerPoint

Faith as a Way of Knowing

Belief Faith and Knowing

TOKA #17 Faith as a WOK

1.After considering the definitions and view points discussed in class today, why do you think Faith is a valid or invalid Way of Knowing?

2.Why might humanism, or atheism be described as a faith? To what degree to you agree with this view?
3.Can theistic beliefs be considered knowledge because they are produced by a special cognitive faculty or “divine sense” of the heart and mind?
4.When might faith meet a psychological need?


Thursday October 23 Linking WOKs together PowerPoint Day 40 Linking WOKs Presentations on Monday
Friday October 24 SPAR #3 PowerPoint Day 41 SPAR #3 TOKAs #1 - 20 are due on October 30th which is Thursday!
Monday October 27
  • Linking WOKs Presentations
  • TOKA #18
PowerPoint Day 42 LinkingWOKs

TOKA #18 Linking WOKs

 After listening  to the presentations today:

1.Which model made the most sense to you and why?

2.Predict what WOKs are used most frequently in each of the Areas of Knowledge (AOKs): Mathematics, Natural Science, Human Science, History, the Arts, Ethics, Religious  Knowledge Systems, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems. Give a reason for your prediction.

Tuesday October 28 Area of Knowledge: Mathematics

PowerPoint Day 43 Math

Its not about the Numbers article

 TOKA  #19

1.  Solve the following 2 questions
a.  Solve for X, X2-5X + 6=0
b.  Dr. P wants to build a rectangular fence in his back yard for his dog.  He wants to build it against the house with 32m of fencing he has. He wants a penned in area of 128m2.  What dimensions should he use?

2.  How did you feel emotionally when doing these math problems?  Elaborate.

3. How did school shape your view of math? Is your view of math positive or negative? Why?

4. Do you think Sautoy is correct that parents are partially responsible for our attitude about mathematics? Why or why not?

5. If you could change how mathematics were taught in school what is one thing you would change? Why would you make this change?

6.  Can the human mind discover truth about the world simply using reason?
7. Do you think that numbers have always existed?  Elaborate.

8.  Link math with 3 other areas of knowledge, give examples.

9. Do you think it is fair that our education puts more value on math, reading, and science than other subjects?  Support your argument.

Wednesday October 29 Area of Knowledge: Mathematics

Right Brained Math

The 11 Ways That Consumers are Hopeless at Math

TOKA #20: Math Articles

  • Write a summary of each article. Make sure to label the title each summary.
  • After each summary describe if you agree or disagree with the author and state why or why not.
Thursday October 30

Work day



TOKAs #1 - 20 Due
Friday October 31 No School - Grading Day NONE NONE