Guidelines for Advanced Writing Proficiency in Mathematics

Guidelines for Advanced Writing Proficiency in Mathematics

 

Knowledge of the mathematics

  • Does the student show insight into the material?
  • Is the information provided by the student accurate?
  • Is the information provided by the student complete, providing adequate details, and examples or illustrations if appropriate?
  • Does the student present ideas, propositions, and arguments that are significant to the course content and the assignment?

Originality

  • Does the student, if required by the assignment, show independent thought about the mathematical topic?
  • Does the student, if required by the assignment, effectively and originally fulfill the expectations of an audience identified as other than the teacher?

Organization

  • Does the student present the mathematical information and ideas in an orderly, logical manner?
  • Does the student have effective transitions between mathematical ideas and paragraphs?
  • If appropriate, does the student have an effective introduction and conclusion to the mathematical topics?

Vocabulary

  • Does the student show the ability to use mathematical vocabulary appropriate to the course subject matter and the assignment?
  • Does the student use common mathematical words clearly and correctly?
  • Does the student, where appropriate, show imagination and variety in word choice?
  • Does the student use sufficient non-technical language to make her meaning clear to the reader?

Mechanics

  • Does the student conform to manuscript conventions of the mathematical discipline with respect to notation, choice of variables, and references?
  • Does the student conform to the specific instructions and requirements of the assignment?
  • Does the student conform to the rules in spelling, capitalization, and punctuation?
  • Are sentences used correctly and clearly?
  • Has the student shown attention to editing and proofreading?