Essay Checklist

TOK Essay Checklist

This document is a student checklist for their final essay.

As well as responding to their progress against the essay criteria, it is designed to get students to respond to the support they have been given, giving them the chance to say if they have used / require it.

As well as asking students to consider what they have and haven’t done, the checklist gives them the chance to say if they are not sure of what each section means–which can help focus my support for them. 

I get students to sign the sheet at different stages in the process and refer to it meetings with them.

This handout can be adapted for other classes and assessments.


  1. Essay structure.

    a) Essay Introduction.

    b) Main body.



  2. Essay rubic

    a) Understanding knowledge questions.

    b) Analysis of knowledge questions.


  3. Resources

    a) The TOK Essay: All you need to know document (adapted from Decoding Theory of Knowledge by Heydorn and Jesudason).

    b) Planning the TOK essay document.

    c) Language support

    d) Teacher support on Managebac


  4. Speaking to subject teachers

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