November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #3 specific example – Vikings in North America

Text: Bruce Bower. Science News.”Vikings lived in North America by at least the year 1021.” https://www.sciencenews.org/article/vikings-north-america-date-newfoundland Extract: “Vikings inhabited North America exactly 1,000 years ago, a new study finds. Counting tree rings reveals that wooden objects previously found at an archaeological site on Newfoundland’s northern peninsula were made from trees Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #2 specific example – Estonia / Russian negotiations

Text: “‘Why Bother Talking To Liars?’ Estonia’s Former President Says No Point Negotiating With Russia.” Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty . https://www.rferl.org/amp/ukraine-war-ilves-interview-western-response/31805297.html In the interview Estonia’s Former President, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, discusses the pointless of negotiating with Russia about the invasion of Ukraine. He states “why bother talking to liars Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #6 specific example – comic on a “avenger of the Holocaust”

Text: “Vikta Kempner.” Rejected Princesses. https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/vitka-kempner The story of Vikta Kempner is told quite briefly on the Rejected Princesses website. The artist clearly has the freedom to tell her story in a way that a historian does not. What are the benefits and drawbacks of this “comic-style” approach to history?

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #1 specific example – news article on language in history textbooks

Text: “Publishers revise textbook phrases about ‘forced’ Korean laborers.” Asashi Shimbun. https://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14585864 There have been a number of ongoing issues between Japan and Korea over Japan’s colonial occupation of Korea and how those issues are addressed in textbooks. In Japan textbooks for school use must be approved by the central Read more…

November 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #6 specific example – street artist in Zimbabwe

Text: Nyasha Chingono. “‘These are our local heroes’: the artist painting murals of hope in a Zimbabwe township.” https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/mar/07/these-are-our-local-heroes-the-artist-painting-murals-of-hope-in-a-zimbabwe-township Extract: “Street artist Basil Matsika paints murals of local musicians and daily life in the streets of Mbare, one of Zimbabwe’s oldest townships, in the capital Harare. With his brush and Read more…

May 2022 TOK essay prescribed title #2 specific example – Rohingya Muslim shops destroyed

Text: Dasgupta, Sravasti. “Bangladesh destroys 3,000 shops belonging to Rohingya Muslim refugees.” https://www.independent.co.uk/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-rohingya-muslim-refugees-shops-b1987162.html Extract: “Authorities in Bangladesh have bulldozed over 3,000 Rohingya shops in the last month calling them “illegal”. In a statement to AFP, the country’s deputy refugee commissioner Shamsud Douza confirmed the figure and said that the “illegal shops” had been cleared as Read more…