This is a helpful grading criteria that I use to evaluate my students. It is based on what is called a close reading, i.e., starting with a critical analysis of a problem and then relating it to oneself and then moving out from the text to relate the journal entry to any world issue. It moves from a “micro” to a “macro” approach, or from the bottom up (inductive approach).




Every week I ask the students to think about something that we have discussed in class and then get them to write about it using the headings in the TOK Reflection Journal above. I have received some very interesting replies. Instead of the usual statements starting with “I think…” the students need to look for how TOK can relate to the world around them. This provides the students with more of a practical side to TOK.