Classic core theme lessons

Classic core theme lessons

Our classic core theme lessons are classroom-ready, media-rich, driven by real-world issues, and filled with the ideas of key thinkers from the past and present.

Our classic lessons are perfect for teachers who want a straightforward TOK structure, or those who want to augment the BQs with materials that delve more directly into the course. Start with the briefing paper to give you a preview of this aspect of the course.

Fully-updated TOK resources for the ChatGPT world

TOK is a highly practical course, providing students with a set of skills, a mindset, and a conceptual framework designed to be applied to today’s world. But given how quickly society changes, ensuring your course remains relevant and engaging is a big challenge, and not one that can be met by static resources.

We have updated and edited all our lessons for the 2023-24 academic year, to ensure they are driven by the very latest real-world events and issues. And responding to the IB’s position on the use of AI-tools in schools, our lessons now feature extensive activities and questions focused on ChatGPT, to help students use it effectively and ethically, and think about the relationship between AI-tools and the acquisition of knowledge.

Download these free sample classic TOK resources!

To access the classic TOK lessons, become a faculty member of the site. You can see our approach by downloading the free sample lessons below.

We have updated every single classic lesson for the 2023-24 academic year to ensure they are driven by the latest real-life events and issues, and have added extensive content linking ChatGPT to the acquisition of knowledge, so that students learn how to use AI-tools in an effective and ethical way.

Download a sample briefing paper (for technology), giving students a quick overview of this aspect of the course, and helping them to anchor their understanding.

Download a sample ethics lesson, helping students to evaluate whether we are capable of learning from history, and moving our morality forwards.

Download a sample introduction to TOK lesson, looking at the relationship between ChatGPT and knowledge, and how we can use AI tools effectively and ethically.

Download a sample nature and scope lesson, inviting students to consider and modify their initial thoughts on the nature of the natural sciences.

Download a sample perspectives lesson, supporting students as they explore the way our biases shape the way we construct our knowledge about the world.

Download a sample methods & tools lesson, looking at the difference between descriptive and prescriptive approaches to language.

Knowledge & the knower mini-lessons

We add 15 new TOK mini-lessons every month. Based on the very latest events and issues, they can be used equally effectively by both TOK and non-TOK teachers, and are an incredibly effective integration tool for the DP.

Access all the mini-lessons for knowledge and the knower here, and find three of the most recent mini-lessons for the core theme below (faculty members only).

Get tooled up for TOK via our online courses!

Our online video courses help any teacher to develop their knowledge of TOK, link it to their DP subject, and turn students into nuanced, authentic critical thinkers.

The courses are engaging, clear, and practical, and can be followed at your own pace. So whether you’re an experienced IB educator, or a brand-new teacher, you’ll gain meaningful takeaways that you can apply in the classroom. Find out more here.