Topic Assignment

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IB Theory of Knowledge
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Theory of Knowledge: Sense Perception
Directions: Answer each question in at least one written paragraphs using the documents provided as
evidence. Be sure to include citations and a works cited entry for the documents.
Suggestions:
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2.
Paraphrase = express the meaning of written text or spoken language using different words. Use an
online thesaurus to find synonyms of words.
Format your sentences of your paragraph into the following sections in this order
a. SENTENCE 1: Argument/Answer/Decision (State your argument/answer/decision clearly
and simply)
b. SENTENCES 2-3 OR MORE: Explanation (Explain your argument/answer/decision in greater
detail)
c. SENTENCES 4-5 OR MORE: Evidence (Refer to your evidence by either quoting directly from
it or paraphrasing it)
Questions/Tasks:
1.
Using various definitions of “sense” or “sense perception” describe to what extent can a person’s
senses be trusted.
Sources:
1.
Theoryofknowledge.net. (2014). Sense Perception. Accessed at
http://www.theoryofknowledge.net/ways-of-knowing/sense-perception/
Sense [Sense Perception] - noun 1 any of the faculties of sight, smell, hearing,taste, and touch, by which the
body perceives an external stimulus. 2 a feeling that something is the case. 3 (sense of) awareness or
appreciation of or sensitivity to: a sense of direction. 4 a sane and practical attitude to situations. 5 reason or
purpose; good judgement: there’s no sense in standing in the rain. 6 a meaning of a word or expression or the
way in which a word or expression can be interpreted.
Standards Covered: #4 Use of Historical Skills
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