You'll be working in groups with one of last year's essay titles. During this exercise, I'll familiarise you with one way of approaching the production of a TOK essay.
Step 1: Choosing a title
Consider all the titles carefully before choosing: read and discuss each one in your group before moving onto step 2. Discuss each essay title in turn, and don't dismiss any of the titles until you've discussed them all.
Rearrange the notes you took for step 6 to help you compile two lists:
One list of the arguments that you will use to help you justify the stance you are taking
Another list of counter-arguments (i.e. the lists of arguments you just compiled for different possible responses to the title)
Step 8b: Assumption checking
Critically evaluate the arguments you have just compiled, and ask, for each one, the following questions:
Does the argument rely on an assumption that needs to be justified? (The classic example of this is saying something like there can be no such thing as artistic knowledge, and using, as an argument, the “fact” that art is entirely subjective, which of course is merely an assumption that needs to be justified.)