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Monday, Nov 3











  • Quarter 2 plan
  • Mathematics was it discovered or invented?
  • The Knowledge Framework
  • The cancer equation: Mathematically modeling the cure





PowerPoint Day 1

YouTube Link

The Knowledge Framework

The cancer equation: Mathematically modeling the cure







 TOKA #21

#1. Do you think math can solve cancer? Why or why not?

#2. Give some examples where mathematical modeling has been used to solve real-life problems.






Tuesday, Nov 4

  • Discussion of the Cancer equation
  • Finish Knowledge Framework
  • TOKA #22 - Natural Sciences

 Power Point Day 2

TOKA #22: Natural Sciences

Use the knowledge framework questions to answer the following:

1.Describe the scope/applications of the Natural Sciences

2.What is the language/concepts of the Natural Sciences?
3.Draw a flowchart demonstrating the methodology used in the natural sciences

Wednesday,  Nov 5

  • Discussion of the methodology of the Natural Sciences
  • Read the article: The Fallacy of Scientific Objectivity
  • TOKA #23

 PowerPoint Day 3

The Fallacy of Scientific Objectivity

 TOKA #23: The Fallacy of Science

1. What is Lawson's argument?

2. Do you agree/disagree with Lawson? Why or why not?

Thursday, Nov 6

  • Videos in class: Cosmos
  • Read the article: "There is no such thing as time"

There is no such thing as time

COSMOS a SpaceTime Odyssey Part 1

COSMOS a SpaceTime Odyssey Part 2


Friday, Nov 7

  • Presentation assessment and rubric

Presentation PowerPoint

Presentation Outline

Presentation Outline Example

Presentation Rubric


1. What was your reaction to the video?

2. How do science and religion coexist in society?

3. How do they coexist for you?

4. Do you think time is just an illusion as Barbour suggests? Why or why not?

Submission of one or more Presentation outlines per group

Monday, Nov 10

  • Human Sciences

PowerPoint Day 6

Soft Sciences are often Harder than Hard Sciences

 TOKA #25 Soft Sciences

 1.Why does Jared Diamond claim that human sciences are harder than the natural sciences?

 2. What does it mean to "operationalize"

3. What is Diamond's ecological example?

4. Do you agree or disagree with Diamond? Why or why not?


Tuesday, Nov 11

  • Human Sciences

 Capitalism, Socialism & Communism

  The Political Compass Test

 TOKA #26: Political Science

  1. Where did you fall on the political compass?
  2. Do you agree or disagree with this placement? Why or why not?


Wednesday, Nov 12

  • Human Sciences

PowerPoint Day 8

Discussion of the Political Compass test

The Land of TOKIA campaign and ballot






Thursday, Nov 13

  • Human Sciences

 The stupidity of the American voters part 1

The stupidity of the American voters part 2

The RAT test


 TOKA #27

1.Do you think politicians, including our president, purposely make policies complex so the public doesn't really understand what they are voting for or against? Why or why not?

2.What are your thoughts on the use of the RAT test by Psychologists regarding the study human thinking?


Friday, Nov 14

  • Presentation Work
  • Turn in outline for approval today
  • Read the rubric!
  • Start research and presentation

Presentation Tips

Research for your Presentation - finalize outline and develop claims and counterclaims

Presentation Rubric

 In Computer Lab 40

Monday, Nov 17

  • History

Video of Howard Zinn's Perspective regarding US History

The introduction to A Patriot's History by Schweikart and Allen (a contrasting view to Zinn's)

TOKA #28: Two Perspectives of US History

1.How is this book (A Patriot’s History) similar and different to other US History textbooks you have read?

2.What values do the author’s (Schweikart & Allen) highlight?
3.List 3 statements from the article and evaluate each (i.e., do you agree/disagree – why or why not?).


Tuesday, Nov 18

  • Diploma candidates work on EE Workshop



Wednesday, Nov 19

  • History


Crossing the Delaware, more accurately

 TOKA #29

1.Why do you think history is or is not an important subject to study?
2.How do we learn history?
3.What are some of the problems with the history we learn?



Thursday, Nov 20

  • History

 Time Capsule Activity


If you were absent please review the PPT and complete Part 1 and 2. Turn it in.

Friday, Nov 21

  • Short presentations introducing us to your presentation
  • Presentation Work



Monday, Nov 24

  • The Arts

 What is great art? Zhao


Tuesday, Nov 25

  • The Arts

What is Literature? Anthony Burgess (1974), English Literature: A Survey for Students. Essex, Longman.


PowerPoint Art Day 2

TOKA #30: What is Literature?

1. What does Burgess say is a man's job? Agree or no?

2. What is a value?

3. Why is truth a value?

4. How is beauty defined?

5. What is discovered with beautiful art?

6. What gives 'still life' its pattern?

7. What is the lowest kind of artistic experience? Do you agree or disagree? Why/Why not?

8. How are artists skilled with emotion?

9. When do we discover a thing is necessary, we are no longer _____?

10. Who is concerned with connotations?

11. Why is poetry the most literary?

12. Why might there be no future poets?

13. Did this reading have any impact on your appreciation of literature? Why or why not?


Monday, Dec 1

  • Ethics


The Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives - Ted Talk

TOKA 31: Our Moral Compass Part 1

1.Do we, as a society, have a moral responsibility toward less fortunate people?
2.Is it wrong to divulge a secret someone has confided to you?
3.Should we eat meat or wear fur?
4.Should we keep people alive no matter what the cost or conditions?
5.Should people always be given equal opportunity?


Tuesday, Dec 2

  • Ethics


Is a Baby born good?






Wednesday, Dec 3

  • Ethics


What is the moraly right thing to do in the following cases?

A framework for ethical thinking PowerPoint

TOKA 32: What is the morally right thing to do?

Write out your answers to What is the morally right thing to do. Make sure to state why you made that decision.

Thursday, Dec 4


  • Ethics
Discussion on the "what is morally right" activity  
Friday, Dec 5

Presentation Work

Computer Lab 40

TOK Presentation Form Complete the presentation form and email it back to Mrs. Ledman by 12/12/2014

Monday, Dec 8

  • Ethics


 The Moral Instinct Article


TOKA 33: The Moral Instinct

 1.Do you think that moral sense is a sixth sense as the article suggests? Why or why not?

2.Do you think morality is universal? Why or why not?

3.What does Haidt suggest determines how we make moral decisions?  
4.What is Pinker (the author) suggesting about morality?


Tuesday, Dec 9

  • Ethics and Religious Knowledge Systems

Jigsawed the Moral Instinct Article

Discussion of Article





Wednesday, Dec 10

  • Religious Knowledge Systems


The God Particle






Thursday, Dec 11

  • Religious Knowledge Systems



Discussion of Religion Systems

PowerPoint Religion


TOKA 34: The God Particle

1. Summarize the main points of "The God Particle".

2. Who made the best argument? Why?


Friday, Dec 12

  • Presentation Time

Turn in the Form! Download it from last Friday, Dec 5th in this calendar!

Presentation Form

 Computer Lab #40

Monday, Dec 15

  • Religious Knowledge Systems
  • Finish PowerPoint Religion & TOKA 35

Overview of the 5 largest religions of the world


 PowerPoint Religion

 TOKA 35: Religion

 1. What does ‘faith in a religion’ mean to you?

2. Does the existence of many religions discount them all?  explain

3. Could you ‘marry’ someone of a different faith or belief than yourself? Explain.

4.  What is your favorite custom or belief from a different faith than your own?

5.  Is there conflict between islam and christianity?  Your thoughts?

6.  Is atheism a faith? Is Science a faith?  Your thoughts?

7.  Write your own knowledge question or issue about religion

Tuesday, Dec 16

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems

 Indigenous peoples fact sheet

What is indigenous knowledge? YouTube by Rick Hill

The Wave That Eats People article

 TOKA #36 The Wave That Eats People

 1.What are some of the ways the world seeks to learn from Indigenous people?

2.In your view, is it necessary to preserve indigenous knowledge? Why or Why not?
3.What are some of the strategies used in indigenous knowledge systems to predict early warning signs of natural disasters?
4.Do you think these strategies are reliable? Why or why not?


Wednesday, Dec 17

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems

TedTalk: Photos of Endangered Culttures


Article: Indigenous diets can help fight modern illnesses, say health experts

TOKA #37 Why is it important?

According to the TedTalk and article answer the following questions.

 1. What has been lost?

2. What has been learned?

3. From your perspective, why is it important to learn about the impact of changes made to the ecosystem and how it affects all of us?

Thursday, Dec 18

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems

 YouTube: We Are Still Here

Article: For Native people, progress toward equity is 'painfully slow'

 TOKA 38 For Native people

1. What has been lost?

2. What has been learned?

3. What can be done?

Friday, Dec 19

  • Indigenous Knowledge Systems
  • TOK Wrap Up

Indigenous Knowledge Day 4

 TOK Essay Form


Diploma Candidates: Final TOK ESSAY is due by email to me at:

TOK Essay Form Due - printed copy with signature

Monday, Jan 5

Period 0 Presentations

7:40 AM Fatima (moved)

7:50 AM Olivia R and Siri P

8:40 AM Alex N & Ivan W

9:00 AM Luis L (move)

Turn in TOKAs on January 9th

PowerPoint from Today

Tuesday, Jan 6

Period 0 Presentations

7:40 AM Olivia E

7:50 AM Jessica S (move)

8:00 AM Fatima



Period 1 Presentations

8:40 AM Mikaela B (move)

8:50 AM Tristan P

9:00 AM Amy A (move)


Thursday, Jan 8

Period 0 Presentations

7:40 AM James D (move)

7:50 AM Steffan L

8:00 AM Sarah Kate

Period 1 Presentations

8:40 AM Ben L

8:50 AM Amy A (move)

9:00 AM Mia M

Friday, Jan 9

Period 0 Presentations

7:30 AM Jessica S

7:40 AM Eleanor M

7:50 AM Maryam A or Jimmy

8:00 AM Rajel O

Period 1 Presentations

8:40 AM Amy A (move)

8:50 AM Mikaela B (Move)

9:00 AM Nathan C

Monday, Jan 12

Period 0 Presentations

7:30 AM Abby M

7:40 AM Elana G

7:50 AM Alek L

8:00 AM Eleonor

Period 1 Presentations

8:30 AM Allison G

8:40 AM Lakyra C

8:50 AM Nora C

9:00 AM Mikaela or Amy

Tuesday, Jan 13

Period 0 Presentations

7:30 AM Bobby S

7:40 AM Sebastian C

7:50 AM Mahida A

8:00 AM Jimmy

Period 1 Presentations

8:30 AM Henry A

8:40 AM Michael S

8:50 AM Luc M

9:00 AM  Amy (if time)

Wednesday, Jan 14

Study Hall


Study Hall: Period  0 & 1

Finals Periods: 2, 3, 4





Study Hall


Period 1: 8:30 - 9:50

Period 2: 10:00 - 11:20

Period 3: 11:30 - 1:30 (w/lunch)

Period 4: 1:40 - 3:00


East & West Bldgs rooms 001 - 025

A lunch: 11:30 - 12:00

Class: 12:10 - 1:30

West Bldg rooms 027 - 219

Class 12:10 - 12:50

B lunch: 1:00 - 1:30 PM

Thursday, Jan 15

Make Up Presentations

Jimmy 7:30 AM

Bobby 7:40 AM

Sebastian 7:50 AM

Study Hall Period 0

Finals Periods: 1, 5, 6, 7




 Make Up Presentations

8:40 AM Kristi W & Natalie D

9:00 AM Mikaela


Period 0: 7:30 - 8:16

Period 1: 8:30 - 9:50

Period 5: 10:00 - 11:20

Period 6: 11:30 - 1:30 (w/lunch)

Period 7: 1:40 - 3:00



West Bldg rooms 027 - 219

A lunch: 11:30 - 12:00

Class: 12:10 - 1:30

East & West Bldgs rooms 001 - 025

Class 12:10 - 12:50

B lunch: 1:00 - 1:30 PM