Course Syllabus

Syllabus AP Calculus AB, First Semester



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Course Overview

This is a 19 week online course composed of an orientation week and 18 weekly sessions. Expect to invest about 5 hours a week on course activities and assignments.

The purpose of the course is to give students a great calculus foundation. The course is designed to emphasize the relationships between the various forms of a function: graphs, equations, tables, and verbal expressions. Successful completion of a pre-calculus course is important for success in AP Calculus.

Calculus is the study of change. It is a place in mathematics where we begin examining the changing situations that surround us. Calculus has two main topics: rate of change and area under a curve. In this half unit we will concentrate on finding rates of change; in other words, differentiation. We will be reviewing familiar functions, exploring the concept of limits, and learning differentiation. Activities and assignments with released AP items are incorporated into each unit. AP Calculus is designed to have you look at functions algebraically, graphically, numerically, and verbally. The quizzes and exams will reflect this by allowing you to take parts with the use of a graphing calculator, and parts without. The difference between a calculus course and an AP Calculus course may seem subtle. After all, good calculus is good calculus. The AP requirements expect students to make connections between algebraic, graphic, and numerical pieces of information.



Course Description

This course provides students with a college-level foundation in calculus. Coursework emphasizes the relationship between the various forms of a function: graphs, equations, tables, and verbal expressions. Calculus has two main topics: rate of change and area under a curve. The fall semester focuses on finding rates of change, i.e. differentiation. Students will review familiar functions and explore the concept of limits and differentiation.

Most AP courses consist of 2 semesters and you should complete semester 1 before starting semester 2. AP exams are offered early in May.

NOTE: If you enroll after the start date in an AP course, it is important that you adjust the pacing chart accordingly so you can complete your course before the scheduled AP exam dates or use this link to find more information about Advanced Placement and to see the AP Exam Calendar.



At the end of each of the lesson, students should be able to:

Lesson 1

  1. Sketch the graph of an equation using intercepts, slope, and symmetry.
  2. Find the points of intersection of two graphs.
  3. Graph and find formulas for piece-wise defined functions.
  4. Write the equations of lines including regression lines.
  5. Interpret slope as a ratio or rate.
  6. Use function notation to represent and evaluate a function.
  7. Find the domain, range, and graph of a function.
  8. Identify transformations of functions including exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions.
  9. Classify functions and recognize combinations of functions.

Lesson 2

  1. Distinguish between average speed and instantaneous speed.
  2. Estimate a limit using a numerical or graphical approach.
  3. Determine if a limit exists and use the formal definition of a limit.
  4. Evaluate a limit using the properties of limits, and understand the use of the Sandwich Theorem, which is also known as the Squeeze Theorem.
  5. Determine infinite limits.
  6. Determine continuity at a point, on an open interval, and on a closed interval.
  7. Use properties of continuity.
  8. Use the Intermediate Value Theorem.
  9. Determine the slope of a curve at a given point, and write the equation for a tangent.

Lesson 3

  1. Use the limit definition to find the derivative of a function.
  2. Find the derivative at a point.
  3. Use the various notations for derivative.
  4. Understand the relationship between the graphs of a function and its derivative.
  5. Understand the situations in which a derivative does not exist, and summarize the relationship between differentiability and continuity.
  6. Understand the concept of local linearity.
  7. Evaluate derivatives using a graphing calculator.

Lesson 4

  1. Find the derivative of a function using the Constant Rule, the Power Rule, the Constant Multiple Rule, and Sum/Difference Rule.
  2. Find the derivative of a function using the Product and Quotient Rules.
  3. Find the higher-order derivative of a function.
  4. Find the connection between the derivative and velocity and acceleration.
  5. Find the derivative of a trigonometric function.

Lesson 5

  1. Find the derivative of a composite function.
  2. Use the "Outside-Inside" Rule to differentiate.
  3. Differentiate by repeated use of the Chain Rule.
  4. Use the Power Chain Rule.

Lesson 6

  1. Distinguish between functions written in implicit form and explicit form.
  2. Use implicit differentiation to find the derivative of a function.
  3. Find derivatives of a higher order using implicit differentiation.
  4. Find tangents and normal lines for implicit functions.

Lesson 7

  1. Differentiate inverse trigonometric functions.
  2. Differentiate exponential functions.
  3. Differentiate logarithmic functions.

Lesson 8

  1. Find extrema on a closed interval.
  2. Use the Extreme Value Theorem.
  3. Find the critical points of a graph of a function.
  4. Use the Mean Value Theorem.
  5. Find an antiderivative.
  6. Determine intervals on which a function is increasing or decreasing.
  7. Apply the first derivative test to find relative extrema of a function.
  8. Determine intervals on which a function is concave upward or concave downward.
  9. Find the points of inflection of the graph of a function.
  10. Apply the second derivative test to find relative extrema of a function.
  11. Analyze and sketch the graph of a function.

Required Materials


Finney, Ross L., Demana, Franklin D., Waits, Bert K., and Kennedy, Daniel. Calculus: Graphical, Numerical, Algebraic, AP Edition. (Third Edition). Boston: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2007.

Additional Materials

You will need a graphing calculator that can find roots and intersections of functions, calculate derivatives and integrals. I would suggest either aTI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plusgraphing calculator (~$110).

These advanced calculators are useful or required for other high school and college courses. Some schools let students check these out. The Silver Edition's added memory is not needed for textbook exercises. The TI-85, 86, and 89 calculators can also be used for this course. However, their keypads operate very differently from the TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus calculators. Since the lesson notes and instructions are based on the 83 and 84 configuration, you will need to be proficient in the operation of your calculator if you use one of the other models.

Note: On portions of quizzes and exams, you will be instructed to not use your calculator. You are on your honor to follow these instructions, even when the assessment is not proctored and there are no penalties for using your calculator. You will be required to complete sections of the AP Calculus AB exam without your calculator, and it is to your advantage to get used to working without one now when instructed to do so.

Students will be required to upload documents in Word format (.doc, .docx,) or Rich Text (.rtf) format. These documents can be created in Microsoft Word or another office suite that saves in the .doc, .docx, or .rtf format

Technical Requirements

The most up-to-date requirements can be found here: 

Additional requirements for the course are below: 

      • audio and video recording capabilities (e.g. smartphone, camera).
      • Scanner - some assignments may require you to scan 

Recommended Web Browsers

    • Windows: Chrome or Firefox
    • Mac OS: Safari, Chrome, or Firefox

Quizzes & Assignments

You should submit all assigned work in sequence (Lesson 1, then Lesson 2, etc.) Assignments for the course are listed at the bottom of this syllabus.


All quizzes for Mizzou Academy / MU High School courses are taken online. After you submit them, you’ll quickly receive a report on how you did.


Assignments may consist of written work (essays, compositions, etc.), collaborative wiki projects, journal entries, audio or video recordings, multimedia presentations, graphics, etc. Each assignment will list the instructions for completing that assignment. Assignments may require you to submit your completed work in the form of a file (such as a text document, image, audio or video recording, or multimedia presentation) or a hyperlink for grading. See your Helpful Resources section of your course for tutorials.

Work a Posted Problem

This is a specific problem that I set forth for you to solve. There are 3 opportunities available this semester.

Reading and Using Feedback

After your work has been graded, you will receive a report that provides individualized feedback and comments on your work. Look carefully at what you missed and read any corresponding feedback. Then study the lesson materials to make certain that you can accomplish the associated learning objectives.

Each lesson provides step-by-step instructions on how to submit your work. Be sure to check submitted work carefully for errors (e.g. spelling, grammar, and punctuation) as they may result in points being deducted.


Your final grade will be based on the number of points you earn on assignments and exams.

To pass the course, you must earn a minimum of 60 percent in the exams assignment group.

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You will be able to see your exam percentage in the "Exams" column in your gradebook.

The following grading scale applies only to students who meet this standard:

Grading Scale
Grade Percentage
A 90–100
B 80–89
C 70–79
D 60–69
F 0–59

After completing the course, unofficial transcripts will be available in the Tiger Portal. See this page for information on requesting official transcripts. 


You are required to take two proctored exams for this course.

To pass the course, you must earn a minimum of 60 percent on your exams group (see grades section below for details.) See the "About Exams" in the policies section for additonal information on exams at Mizzou Academy.

AP Exam

When you register for the AP exam, please use the Mizzou Academy/University of MO High School provider code: 041. If you have any questions, please let your AP instructor or our AP Coordinator, Alicia Bixby know. Ms. Bixby’s email is

AP - Discussions and Chats

The chat room is intended to create a more interactive classroom atmosphere. These are usually student-driven. I will take questions over the lesson, examples, or suggested problems from the textbook. Together we will work through these questions and clarify lesson topics. To earn chat points, you must ask or answer at least 2 questions during the course of the chat. You should attend each chat as you would a regular classroom, having read the material and prepared to participate in a discussion of the ideas covered in the lesson.

There will also be an introductory chat offered during the first week of the course. Attendance does not count toward your required chat attendance. However, you are strongly encouraged to attend as this provides you with an opportunity to meet your instructor and classmates and to become familiar with the chat format.

In order to keep the chats manageable and effective for everyone, I ask that you sign up for the chat by the Friday before each chat. Space in the sessions is limited, so contact your instructor to sign up as soon as possible. The introductory chat is the only one for which you are not required to register before attending. If the chat is full, the instructor will contact you via e-mail.

Homework Discussion Forum

The homework forum is designed for you to ask your classmates and instructor questions in a timely manner. This gives everyone the opportunity to not only ask their own questions, but also to share their understanding with those in need. Each lesson has a homework forum, and you can receive 5 points per lesson (not per post) for posting. To receive participation points, your posts (minimum of two) must be made within 1 week of the due date for that lesson’s progress evaluation. This is designed to be more of an ongoing conversation and a way to connect to others between chats. Space on these is unlimited, making it a great way to earn online participation points. I will monitor the forum and step in when necessary, but my goal is you to take control of these conversations and make it fit your needs.

AP - Late Work and Absences

Work must be turned in on time for full credit. If you are unable to complete an assignment on time, contact your instructor immediately. Prior permission from the online course instructor must be obained for special circumstances to receive credit for late work. These decisions will be made on an individual basis.

You must notify your instructor if you expect to be offline for more than 1 week.

AP - Exam Prep Through LearningExpress Library

In the next section, you will find "Getting Started Resources." Within the Library Material is LearningExpress Library, which contains AP practice exams and study material, in addition to what is on the AP website. 

Below we are providing you with a direct link to the College Prep Center of the LearningExpress Library. You can only launch it through this link. When you arrive, you should see "Mizzou K-12" on the left-hand side, showing that you are with our institution. You will want to create an account in order to save any work or test prep you do.  

Once you click the link below, select "Prepare for your AP Exam". Please create a help ticket (Help -> Report a problem) if you cannot find what you are looking for.


Getting Started Resources (Canvas and Other Resources)

View the content below to learn more about each of these elements and how they work in your Mizzou Academy Canvas course.

Canvas Overview

Mobile Apps

If you are on a mobile device, download the Canvas mobile apps. With the apps, you can access all your courses using the Canvas mobile app, "Canvas By Instructure." Go to Google Play to download the Android version and iTunes to download the iOS version. 

View the mobile features by device


  Download Canvas Student app on iOS device


  Download Canvas Student app on Android device

Browser and Computer Requirements

Library, Writing, and Research Resources

Library Resources

Below are several useful library links. Select the options below to go directly to the websites.

Owl, The Purdue Online Writing Lab

EBSCOhostHeritageQuestLearningExpress Library

Citing Sources

Citing Sources Interactive Module

The Citing Sources Interactive Tutorial to help you with learning how to cite your sources as well as inform you about what plagiarism is, what it isn't, and how to avoid it. 

View the Citing Sources tutorial

See the OWL Resource Website for additional help in citing sources and avoiding plagiarism. 


Netiquette—short for "network etiquette" or "Internet etiquette"—is a set of guidelines for how to communicate appropriately on the web. As a Mizzou Academy student, you will be expected to follow these guidelines in your interactions with your instructor and fellow students.

  • Be respectful. Online, as in life, the Golden Rule applies: Treat others as you would like to be treated. There are effective ways to disagree with someone without being insulting. Keep in mind that sarcasm can sometimes be misinterpreted.
  • Use appropriate language. Avoid foul language and rude or vulgar comments.
  • Use proper grammar and spelling. Typos and spelling mistakes are bound to happen, but excessive errors are distracting. Use a browser with a built-in spell checker if you need help!
  • Respect others' privacy. Do not quote or forward personal messages or information without the original author's permission.
  • Avoid plagiarism. It is never acceptable to copy and paste the work of others and call it your own. Be sure to cite your sources correctly.

For more about appropriate online behavior, view Show Me Respect: Tips for Thwarting Cyberbullying, Cyber-Harassment, and Cyberstalking from the University of Missouri's Equity Office.

Assignments Overview

Canvas Overview Videos

In this video, you will learn more about assignments: what they are and how to submit them through Canvas.


For more on uploading and viewing assignments, visit Assignments in the Canvas Student Guide.

How to Submit Assignments as a File Upload

How to Convert Word files to Google Docs

Some assignments will provide templates for you to complete, and the templates may be available as a Word file (.docx, .doc). Even though these .docx or .doc files are native to Word, it is possible to open them without owning the program. You can still work with Microsoft Office files even if you don't have Office installed by using Google Docs.

Open with Google Docs

    1. Navigate to in your Web browser. Log in with your Google account. If you do not have a Gmail address or some other type of Google account, select the Create account link. Once you create your account, log in.
    2. Select +NewFile Upload 
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    3. Navigate to the location of the Word document on your computer and select the file. Alternatively, you can drag and drop a file from your computer directly into the web browser for an easy upload.
    4. Once the file uploads, you will be able to access it in Google docs.
    5. Select File > Save As Google Docs

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  1. Google then converts the Word file into a Google doc and you can begin editing.


How to convert Word files to Google docs | VIDEO

How to Convert Google Docs to Word or PDF

After you've finished editing your file, download and export your document back into a Microsoft Word or PDF Document format by selecting File > Download > select the Microsoft Word I.docx) or PDF Document (.pdf) option. 

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How to convert Google docs to Word/PDF | VIDEO

How to Print Files to PDF using Acrobat 

View Print to PDF for instructions on how to print a file to PDF using Adobe Acrobat. 

Submitting Assignments that use Turnitin

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service that is integrated with Canvas. It allows instructors and students to view an Originality Report of written work or other homework assignments. The system is designed to facilitate feedback between instructors and students on written work.

The University of Missouri has a license agreement with, a service that helps detect plagiarism by comparing student papers with Turnitin's database and Internet sources. Students who take this course agree that all required papers may be submitted to

Students who submit papers to Turnitin retain the copyright to the work they created. A copy of submitted papers is retained in a Turnitin database archive to be compared with future submissions—a practice that helps protect and strengthen copyright ownership. Use of the Turnitin service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on Turnitin's website at

Mizzou Academy uses Turnitin, which provides tools for assignments. One of these tools is the "originality check." Note that it is not called a "plagiarism detector." That is because ONLY an instructor can determine plagiarism. 

For example, it could be that you get a 100% match (in red) on your submission. However, perhaps you are working in a group or your instructor had you submit something multiple times to different assignments within the same course. Or perhaps your class is filling out a worksheet, so all of the worksheet components would be "not original" but your content would be. 

If you are concerned about any results that you are confused about, feel free to discuss this with your teacher. 

Turnitin Guide - Accepted File Types and Size

Turnitin has restrictions on file types and size. The Turnitin Guide will outline things to consider before submitting a file, such as its size, word count, and format.

How to Submit a Turnitin Assignment in Canvas 

There is no difference in how to submit an assignment with or without Turnitin enabled. View How do I upload a file as an assignment submission in Canvas  for instructions on how to upload a file in Canvas.

How to Record and Submit Audio and Video

Recording and Submitting

There are many ways you can submit audio and video recordings for a Mizzou Academy course in Canvas. Your course content may refer to Audacity.  (Links to an external site.)However, you don't need to use Audacity to make an mp3 recording for your course. After all, there are many programs and apps on computers and mobile devices that will do just that! 

View How do I submit a media file as an assignment submission for more information on how to submit media files.

Note: You can also submit assignments using files stored on third-party apps (e.g. Dropbox) on your mobile apps.

View the following Canvas Guides for additional information on how to record and submit audio and video files

We do NOT allow you to submit .wav files. 

How to Shoot Quality Audio and Video

The only way for you to present quality speeches (and other multimedia) to your Mizzou teacher is by uploading a video of yourself. Therefore, it's incredibly important that the audio and video quality is good enough that your instructor can see and hear everything clearly.  You might all be in different environments using various types of cameras, so rather than attempting to teach you about specific cameras, we're going to concentrate on things like lighting, background, setup and stabilization, and audio. 

Lighting and Background

  • Use a distraction-free background
  • Face windows with natural light
  • Avoid overhead lights when indoors
  • Use a lamp or two for additional lighting
  • Watch back your video to see how it looks
  • Keep trying, keep learning, and keep having fun

Setup and Stabilization

  • Don't shoot handheld
  • Use anything that can safely hold the camera steady
    • tripod and mount
    • DIY solutions (picture stand, bean bag, binder clips)
  • Place the camera level with your eyeline


  • Shoot video in the quietest room at the quietest time of day
  • Turn everything off (cell phone, TV, radio, fans, etc.)
  • Get closer to the camera
  • Avoid noisy habits (hand rubbing, clapping, etc.)
  • Use an external microphone

Setting Up Your YouTube (Or Other Video) Account

If you already have a Gmail account, then you have a YouTube account, but in case you don't, getting your account set up is the first step. Just go to and create an account to get started. Work with a trusted adult or parent. 
Creator Studio
On thing to note is that you can access all of your channel's videos and privacy settings through the Creator Studio. To locate this area in your account, select the icon in the upper right corner (where you logged in) and you should see the option for Creator Studio under your login name. You will be taken to the dashboard area for your account.  There are a few different areas available you should be aware of: 
Video Manager
This section houses all of the videos on your account. You can also create playlists (lists or groups of videos with a similar topic or theme). 
Your content settings are located with the majority of your video and content settings. It is also where you can determine the privacy of your videos. If you access on Upload Defaults in this section, it will give you the options that you can set for all future uploads. Changing the privacy to Unlisted means that anyone with the link will be able to view your video but it won't be searchable to the public. 
This section isn't required, but it's good to be aware that this area provides a basic video editor where you can make minor adjustments to your videos as well as add copyright free background music. 

Uploading a Video

Now that your account is setup, you are ready to upload your video. Here are the steps you will need to follow:
  • Select Upload in the upper right-hand corner of the screen
  • Either drag & drop the video file into the box or select the gray arrow to select it from your files. You will notice that the privacy box will already be set to unlisted based on your privacy settings
  • This will automatically begin the upload once the file is selected, taking you to a new window:
    • Make sure the title box is correctly filled out
    • Descriptions and tags are usually left blank unless the video is public
    • Thumbnails This is what viewers will see when they first pull up your video. You can choose from a few automatic image selections, or you can upload your image
  • Once the video finishes uploading, processing, and you selected the titles/thumbnails, select "Done
  • The link to share your video will appear. Copy and paste this link to turn in your video. 

Getting Your Videos Into the Course: Uploading

If you are comfortable with recording video, transferring the file to your computer, and then uploading, this is the preferred method because some assignments (such as video journals) will have you recording multiple videos for one assignment. One problem you may run into is a camera that creates an incredibly large file. In such cases, you may need to convert the file to make it smaller.

File Conversion

Some cameras record videos that create very large file sizes. Depending on your internet connection, these larger files might have problems uploading. In these cases, you might need to convert the video to a smaller version. Look for a free video converter like Any Video Converter or Format Factory to help you. 

Getting Your Videos Into the Course: Direct Recording

Canvas does allow you to record via webcam directly into Canvas.  However, this will not be available when multiple videos are required. Another reason to shy away from this method is that if you have a hiccup in your internet connection or your computer freezes, your video will be lost, and you will have to rerecord everything. Just to save the hassle, it's better to either upload a file or provide a link to an unpublished YouTube video.

How to Scan and Upload Your Work

Some assignments may require you to scan your work and upload it to Canvas. Select on How to Scan and Upload Your Work to download a PDF file of this tutorial.

How to Configure Mac OS to Open .RTF Files in Word

Images may not appear if you open an .RTF file on a Mac using Pages or other text-editing software. View the macOS User Guide for instructions on how to change the app used to open a file. 

Quizzes and Exams

 In this video, we'll show you how to take a quiz/exam in Canvas.

For more on taking quizzes and exams, visit Quizzes in the Canvas Student Guide.

NOTE:  Read your Syllabus and the Quiz and Exam instructions for your course so that you are aware of the policies and how a quiz and exam is setup.  The Quizzes link may not be in the course navigation menu in your course and only accessible by accessing Modules and selecting the pertinent lesson. 

Suggestions for Taking Objective Examinations

What is an "objective examination?" Objective means that there IS a right answer (or answers), and you either get things right or wrong. An example is a multiple-choice quiz or exam. This section is here to provide you with tips on how to take objective examinations, or "exams."

Many people worry about how to do well when taking objective examinations.  What does What follows are some simple suggestions that should help you to do your best.

What do you do when you know the answer?  Silly question, right?  You mark it!

What do you do when you don’t know the answer?  This is what you want to hear!

  1. First, you need to remember that our quizzes and exams are based on the number of right answers out of the total possible.  So you should answer every question, even if it’s a guess.  There are four answer choices, so your odds when you guess are 1 in 4.  That is, on average, you should get 1 out of every 4 guesses correct.
  2. How do you narrow the odds, to make them more in your favor? If you are able to eliminate one or more of the answers as definitely wrong, you have done just that.  When you are guessing which answer is correct out of 3, then you could get one-third of your guesses correct.  When you are guessing between two, you could get half of them right.
  3. What if you see an answer choice that you absolutely have never seen before? There is a very good chance it is a wrong answer, and you can eliminate it.  Remember, you’ve read over and studied the material.  Most of the time you will know if something doesn’t belong.
  4. Does the answer make sense? A correct answer always makes sense.  Incorrect choices may, or may not.  So if a choice does not make sense in relation to the question, it is probably a wrong answer.
  5. Do not spend a lot of time on a question that is giving you trouble. Move on, and come back to it later.  Many times, you will find something in a later question or answer choice that helps you to select the answer to a question you skipped over.  This is known as making the test work FOR YOU.
  6. Above all, relax! You have been over the material.  It is all in your head.  Just take a deep breath and go at it.  YOU CAN DO IT!

Many students develop their own tricks to help themselves on objective tests.  What you see above can assist you.  But you may also rely on whatever works for you.

Suggestions for Taking Essay Exams

What!? I’m going to have to write!?

It is not unusual for people to be nervous about taking an essay exam.  You will have to decide what the question means, search through the memory banks of your brain, recall information that relates to the question, and then write something that is well organized and clear.  What follows are some tips that just might make this process a little less scary.

Let’s start with an essay question.

An essay question may be fairly short, perhaps only one paragraph.  They may also be longer, requiring several paragraphs to answer.  No matter how short, or long, the essay needs to be, the process is the same.  As an example, we’ll use a topic that is “medium.”

The framers of the Constitution of the United States established the Electoral College system, which provides an indirect method of electing the President.  This system should be changed to permit the direct election of the President, so the candidate who receives the greatest number of the popular vote to win election.  Agree or disagree.

Great!  Now what?

This may seem pretty long.  But you need to remember that you do not have to deal with everything in the statement.  The first thing you need to do is identify what you have to answer, and what you can ignore.  The question statement is reproduced below, with the parts you have to consider highlighted.

The framers of the Constitution of the United States established the Electoral College system, which provides an indirect method of electing the President.  This system should be changed to permit the direct election of the President, so the candidate who receives the greatest number of the popular vote to win the election.  Agree or disagree.

While everything else in the question is relevant to the topic, you are being asked to support the Electoral College system (indirect election) or the popular vote (direct election).


Write down a brief outline of what you need to do.  It would be best if you did this in order.

  • Introduction: State your position.  Do you agree or disagree. Give an explanation of why you have chosen your position.
  • Body Paragraph: Explain your first reason for your position.  You might also want to state why the method you did NOT choose falls short.
  • Body Paragraph: Explain your second reason for your position.  Again, you could state why the method you did NOT choose falls short.
  • Body Paragraph: Explain your third reason, if you have one, along with why the method you did NOT choose falls short.
  • Conclusion: Restate your reasons for your position.  This is when you drive your arguments home.

What are we saying here?

There is a very simple way to look at essay writing.  No matter if the essay is one paragraph, or five, or ten.  You do the same three things. 

  1. Tell the readers what you are going to tell them (introduction).
  2. Tell them (body).
  3. Tell the readers what you told them (conclusion).

And in conclusion….

This process can be very helpful.  You need to remember:  you are probably not going to be expected to respond to every word in the essay topic.  That’s why it’s important to identify what you need to consider.  While essays from different classes will look different, the approach to them is pretty much the same.  You can even practice this skill on your own, creating topics on things with which you are familiar.  The more you practice, the easier it becomes.

Good luck!

Examity Proctoring

Mizzou Academy provides the convenience of 100% online proctoring through the Examity platform. This innovative virtual proctoring solution allows you to easily schedule proctoring appointments instead of searching for an in-person proctor for your exam.

Please note that Examity requires a fee for its services. Explore the Online Proctoring with Examity module in the course for additional information. 

Examity Proctoring System Requirements

  • Browser:  Google Chrome  – please disable your pop-up blocker.
    Ensure that the machine you are using, whether it be Windows, Mac, or Chromebook, has the ability to install Chrome browser (current stable and first preceding version).
  • Operating System:  macOS X 10.5 or higher, Windows Vista or higher, ChromeOS. Examity does not support Linux
  • Hardware:  Desktop, laptop, or Chromebook (tablets and mobile are not supported)
    ► Built-in or external webcam
    ► Built-in or external microphone
    ► Built-in or external speakers
  • Internet:  A required upload and download speed of 2Mbps, with 10Mbps preferred.  Hot spots are not recommended.

To verify the compatibility of your device, navigate to the Examity System Requirements Check page to run the new platform system check.


The calendar video introduces you to the Canvas Calendar and shows you how you can stay organized by scheduling your own events.


Mizzou Academy Policies Policies

Academic Integrity

Our academic integrity policy at Mizzou Academy is based on our values of ethical behavior, learning, and giving all stakeholders the benefit of the doubt. Collaboration, research, and technical literacy are vital 21st-century skills when combined with academic integrity. 


Mizzou Academy's academic integrity policy is aligned with the University of Missouri’s academic integrity policy. The definitions of what constitutes "cheating" and "plagiarism"are posted on the Provost’s Advising Council’s webpage which can be found here:

Issues Involving Violations of Academic Integrity

If, when completing any of your assignments or exams for this course, you are found to have demonstrated cheating or plagiarism as defined above, this is a violation of academic integrity. At your teacher's discretion, violations of academic integrity may be subject to either or both of the following actions: 

  • receiving a zero for the assignment or exam
  • receiving an F for the course


If you anticipate barriers related to the format or requirements of this course, please let Mizzou Academy know as soon as possible. If disability-related accommodations are necessary (for example, a scribe, reader, extended time on exams, captioning), please contact Mizzou Academy.

About Exams at Mizzou Academy*

*This section describes the policies of exams at Mizzou Academy. This section only applies if you have exams in your course. See the section above to see if you have exams.


Your exams are online. It is your responsibility to schedule your exams. 

During exams, unless otherwise noted, you are not allowed to navigate away from the exam or use any other resources. If you deviate from the exam guidelines without proper prior permission, it is considered cheating on an exam. 


Global Courses

Mizzou Academy values fair testing and assessment to determine that students master essential course concepts and skills. During a proctored exam, tests are supervised by an impartial individual (a proctor) to help ensure that all exams maintain academic integrity. You will need to use a Mizzou Academy approved proctor. Please see the Exam Proctoring webpage for more information. 

  • Choose a proctor and make arrangements for taking the exam.
  • At least 2 weeks prior to taking your exam, submit your proctor information to Mizzou Academy 
  • You will be sent an email notice indicating if your chosen proctor has been approved or denied.
  • Arrive at your proctor’s testing site at the scheduled time with a photo ID. At testing time, you will log into your Mizzou Academy account and select the exam for your proctor to access and administer.
Global Classroom Courses

If you are taking a global classroom course, work with your local teacher to identify your date of the exam and how you will be proctored. You do not need to request an exam date with the above form.


  • Complete and review all assignments.
  • Review the learning objectives; make sure you can accomplish them.
  • Be prepared to explain any key terms and concepts.
  • Review all the lessons, exercises, and study questions.
  • Review any feedback and/or comments on your assignments and previous exams; look up answers to any questions you missed.

Additional Course Policies and links

**Not applicable to World Language courses.

Canvas and Technical Support

Canvas is where course content, grades, and communication will reside for this course.

Course Summary:

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