Planning Document

TOK Presentation Planning Document


Group member: Zach

Estimated Timing of Pres 10 minutes





Topic (why is it significant?): The Orton-Gillingham approach has been in use since the 1930s. It is an intensive, sequential phonetic system teaches the basics of word formation before whole language. The method accommodates and utilizes the three learning styles visual, auditory and kinesthetic. The Orton-Gillingham approach is a system that allows for flexibility and is prescribed for each individual learner.


Essential Question: Should all English language and reading teachers be Orton-Gillingham trained?



  1. What is the real life situation under consideration?

Teaching Dyslexic children in America is under consideration.  How can we be able to teach a language to people with a language based disability and students without a language based disability.



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

Learning of Language. In ability to communicate.


How does music affect our emotions and different for other cultures?


3.     Write a summary in note form (like a bulleted list) of the way you plan to deal with the knowledge issue(s)/questions during your presentation. Provide approximate TIME and be specific about TOOLS, EXAMPLES and WHO is doing what. Think about the criteria:


Explaining Dyslexia 2 minutes.


Discussing for Orton-Gillingham teaching 3 Minutes


Discussing against Orton-Gillingham teaching  3 Minutes


Conclusion and wrapping up 2 minutes




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

I’ll point out issues that are knowledge based issues. Such as would it really be better for everyone? What are the benefits? What are the downfalls?



  1. How will you show your personal perspective?

Well I am highly affected by dyslexia, so I deffinaly will throw my own opinion in the presentation. I will talk a little bit about my story at the beginning of the presentation as sort of a hook into the rest of the presentation.



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

Well Dyslexia needs the other ways of knowing, if that makes sense. What I mean is for Dyslexics to learn they need to use sight (different colors are a huge plus!), Sounds, and touch (HUGE HUGE HUGE!!!). Basically Dyslexics needs to use all the ways of knowing to learn, that is what Orton-Gillingham. Believe it or not Orton-Gillingham and TOK are basically the same thing except different verbiage is use to describe the same thing.


  1. 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?

Counter claims against Orton-Gillingham teaching is cost. It would cost the United States Trillions of dollars to train teachers. And for Orton-Gillingham to be truly affective kindergarden threw 12 grade teachers would need to learn it.



  1. How will you examine the implications of knowledge?

Like I said in question c Orton-Gillingham and TOK are very closely a lined. I will be able to examine different ways of knowing by explaining how Orton-Gillingham works and what are the different aspects to it.


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

Well I am already very bias. And the only reasons against it is price, so I think after my presentation many people will agree with me.


Type of Presentation: (list all that will apply)

Power Point, Maybe a Prezi.


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

Power Point, computer, and projector.


Socratic Seminar

How can our knowledge be changed by experiences or even others experiences?

Can we gain the knowledge of any philosopher by merely reading their works?