Presentation Planning Document

TOK Presentation Planning Document


1.     What is the real life situation under consideration?

ethics- moral principles that govern a person’s or group’s behavior

moral- concerned with the principles of right and wrong behavior and the goodness or badness of human character.

My question is determining whether the progress of history had made moral progress? I will be looking at memorable events in history which most commonly are wars or start  wars.  

2.     What is the TOK knowledge issue(s) (questions) that will be the focus of your presentation?

Does History show we’ve made MORAL progress (ETHICS)?

3.     Write a summary in note form (like a bulleted list) of the way you plan to deal with the Group member:

Estimated Timing of Pres 10 minutes

Because I am in history it will be a little easier for me to examine the major events that occurred and triggered each other and then I will determine whether it is moral and ethical or not and determine if we have learned from our mistakes and showed progression morally. I feel that we have not  progressed morally due to war yet in some cases we have with slavery and prodigious although that still occurs in some areas till this day.


Topic (why is it significant?):

Essential Question:

This is significant to me because I am very interested in history and have been taking history since 9th grade. This question is also significant because we seem to be evolving and learning from our mistakes as time goes by (for example slavery and women’s right) although have we really made moral progression with all the wars and new weapons such as the atomic bombs and weapons that have been created?

a.     How will you identify the knowledge issue(s)?

I will identify the knowledge issues by doing research on the events of history and determine whether we made progress or not. It will be hard to come up with an answer because the topic is very controversial because in some areas there is much moral progression for example slavery yet in other areas such as newer weapons and atomic bombs we delincined morally.

b.     How will you show your personal perspective?

I will show personal perspective by acknowledging that I am from America and have a lot of knowledge from the American history and not as much from international history which both aspects need to be addressed. I will also show my personal perspective by announcing my opinion to the question of whether history has made moral progress ethically.

c.     How will you make connections to other Ways of Knowing or Areas of Knowledge?

I will make connections to other Ways of Knowing or Areas of Knowledge by understanding that there is a huge amount of reasoning when it comes to the wars that occurred throughout history. Possible allies, reasoning, moral decisions, geography, math and technology all played a major role the decisions made throughout history which can all be linked back to many other  Ways of Knowing and Areas of Knowledge.

d.     How will you examine the knowledge claims and possible counterclaims (i.e different perspectives)? Tip: ask yourself, what would someone who disagrees with the claim say, and what reasons would he give? What about someone from a different culture, age group, religion, class, educational background?

There are many possible counter claims that can occur especially with my topic. Due to the fact that I have an American perspective and even have a subconscious view that America makes all the right decisions when disagreeing with another country I may run into counter claims from people who are upset with Americas past actions and disagree completely with my point of view. I can also run into counterclaims when I decide on whether history is making moral progress or not.  I can make sure to examine the knowledge and claims by building up my argument from both sides and pretend that I am supporting both sides of the argument then make my decision after examining the facts.

e.     How will you examine the implications of knowledge?

f.      If there is bias, how will you examine that? What about assumptions and presuppositions?

When studying history there will be a lot of bias and assumptions when coming up with a conclusion because the major events in history are usually a group of countries against another group of countries or one country verses another. Although I keep talking about wars I also want to keep in mind ancient ways of punishment such as public hangings, ways of entertainment such as warriors fighting till the death, and just torture towards a “lower” race such as slavery. There is always bias when two different groups of people or two different disagree because there will always be three different stories what one side thinks, what the other sides thinks and the truth. I will examine this by building up my argument with both sides and then determining my answer to the question.

Type of Presentation: (list all that will apply)

(all possibilities)

  • I really liked the idea of stop motion, although it is really hard it can be made easier by using the whiteboard

  • I can make video of me talking with on and off pictures and video and myself talking similar to an interview.

Items you will need (e.d handouts, costumes, script, projector):

(all possibilities)

Items I will need:

  • white board

  • a lot of expo pens

  • a snowball mic

  • a camera

  • a lot of time

  • a lot of patients

  • script

  • research