This is the second introductory lesson for teaching a G12 / DP2 / Y13 ToK group as a new teacher to group. The first lesson in this series can be found here.
I can develop Knowledge Questions and Knowledge Claims from Real Life Situations.
I would start this lesson by playing Soul II Soul’s 1989 Club Classic Back To Life.
1. Using the ‘Really Easy Guide to Knowledge Questions‘ explain to students what a Knowledge Question is.
2. Ask students to write down 5 real life situations that have interested them. If they can’t think of any then they could choose from my list at the end of this page, or you could give them your own examples.
3. Students to write 5 knowledge questions for each of their real life situations. (examples of RLS converted to KQ can be found below)
4. Share and discuss the quality of the devised KQ’s.
6. Ask students to choose their ‘favourite’ KQ, and to develop 2 consequent KQ’s from the original, and associated RLS in exemplification.
7. Students to present positions for and positions against their original KQ, and to find evidence to exemplify their points.
At this point students could start to develop their work into their first ToK Presentation. Distribution of ToK Assessment Instrument, and TK/PPD form is imperative if they are to start working on their presentations at this point.
Some examples of Real Life Situations which could be of interest, use these as examples that students could develop into KQ’s
1. There have been repeated sightings of UFO’s in the Mojave Desert since the late 1940’s. This could possibly indicate that earth is being visited by non-earth based life forms.
2. Some people have developed resistance to diseases which are fatal for many such as HIV and Ebola. Is this modern day evolution of humans ?
3. Research shows that company CEO’s are more likely to display psychopathic tendencies. Does this mean that compassion and care are attributes of weakness in business ?
4. Research shows a strong correlation between reading proficiency in young people, and later exam success. Therefore, are parents who don’t place emphasis on reading with their children guilty of neglecting their child’s future ?
6. Affirmative Action in admissions to US Colleges. An article for Affirmative Action, and an article against (Warning – I consider this article very inflammatory, anecdotal and uses language which some may find offensive).
8. Rising air pollution: should cars be banned ?
RLS converted to KQ (from Theory of Knowledge.net)
Building Bridges with Language
Real life situation: Arabic to be made mandatory in all Israeli school
Knowledge question: To what extent does language shape thought and behaviour?
Freedom or Knowledge?
Real life situation: The Wikileaks disclosures about Western governments’ foreign policy
Knowledge question: Who should decide about the amount of knowledge accessible to the general population?
Sourcing our Food
Real life situation: Monsanto and genetically engineered food
Knowledge question: Who should decide on the part played by natural science in our lives?
Real life situation: President Obama allowing a Muslim community centre to be built near Ground Zero
Knowledge question: Should there be a limit to multicultural tolerance?
Art and its Audience
Real life situation: Joshua Bell busking in New York City
Knowledge question: To what extent does context inform the way we interact with the arts?
Prime Time News
Real life situation: The Manila tourist bus hijacking
Knowledge question: Has the news become entertainment and what are the implications of this?