Tick TOK…The Theory of Knowledge Essay!

Any one sitting IB exams knows how mind-boggling TOK can be! The essay and the presentation can be hard to do because TOK can be so hard to grasp! Have a look at this essay template/guide to give your essay some structure.

Section 1: The Introduction 150-200 words

Paragraph 1

Give your KQ.

State your thesis. What is your short answer to the KQ?

Give us a preview sentence, showing us what you’re going to do in your body paragraphs. Make it clear how you are going to explore the KQ, which WOK/AOK that you’re going to use. This will make it easy for the marker to know what to look for.


Section 2: Two paragraphs (600 words in total)

Paragraph 2

Claim. A claim a topic sentence that outlines your argument about the KQ.

Explain. Elaborate and clarify your claim.

Example. A real life example, to clarify and support the claim from your own experience. Examples should be personal, specific, precise and real. Did something happen in your Science class? Did you have a conversation with your or hear a story from someone else? These are evidence from your own life rather than examples from someone else.


Paragraph 3

Counter-claim. Argue against your claim above.

Example. An example that supports your counter claim.

Link to KQ. Quickly sum up the what you have said in this section.


Section 3: Another two body paragraphs, looking at your second AoK or WoK. Write these using the same approach you saw in paragraphs 2 and 3. (600 words in total)

Paragraph 4





Paragraph 5



-Link to KQ.


Section 4: Conclusion with two paragraphs (200-250 words in total)

Paragraph 6

Implications and significance. Why is it important that we know about this?

Perspective. Explain another view that someone may have (i.e. an older person, someone who’s had different life experiences than you)


Paragraph 7

Sum up the argument. Refer to the thesis again. What have we learned from your arguments?


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