### 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?

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