This single category term-paper rubric describes an A paper, a B paper, and a C paper. Grades are based primarily on readability and clarity. From MIT’s Principles of Applied Mathematics.

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Guidance for TAs for how to assign grades on a term paper draft. Includes a single-category rubric for the draft (based on effort and completeness) as well as a single-category rubric for the final paper (based on quality). This second rubric was used to supply an “advisory grade” in addition to the first-draft effort/completeness grade. From MIT’s Principles of Applied Mathematics.

Read more →This rubric for short writing assignments is used to help ensure that multiple TAs grade writing consistently with each other. From M.I.T.’s Principles of Applied Mathematics.

Read more →This annotated proof illustrates how to format a theorem and proof and how to use guiding text to communicate the structure of the proof. Comments about formatting assume that students may not be using LaTeX. The text is an excerpt from the lecture notes for M.I.T.’s Principles of Applied Mathematics, on the topic of the pigeonhole principle.

Read more →This peer critique assignment includes a list of questions for students to consider as they critique each other’s writing. Included is a rubric that will be used to grade the peer critique. From MIT’s Principles of Applied Mathematics.

Read more →This e-mail to graders in a large communication-intensive math class provides guidance for how to recognize plagiarism and what to do if they read a term paper that they suspect contains plagiarism.

Read more →Guidance for TAs about grading a short writing assignment that students will revise. We also met as a group to compare grades to ensure consistency. From M.I.T.’s large lecture-based class, Principles of Applied Mathematics.

Read more →This student handout gives guidance for explaining algorithms clearly. Advice includes knowing the knowledge level of the audience, stating the algorithm’s purpose before going into details, indicating the structure of the explanation, defining new terms in context, viewing a draft from the point of view of a reader, asking for peer feedback, and proofreading. From MIT’s Principles of Applied Mathematics.

Read more →This assignment guides students to choose a term paper topic that will enable them to “add value” beyond what is provided in their sources (e.g., explaining the material clearly to an audience of students, synthesizing the presentations in multiple sources, etc.). The assignment, which is from M.I.T.’s Principles of Applied Mathematics, includes a list of suggested topics in discrete applied mathematics.

Read more →This lecture-based course at M.I.T. was originally developed by Daniel Kleitman. It was transformed into the form published here (2011) by Peter Shor, Michel Goemans, Neil Olver, Olivier Bernardi, and Susan Ruff. Communication instruction has since greatly increased, as presented on MIT’s Open Courseware. The text below documents the old version of the course, as well as some of the reasons for the more recent changes. Until 2012, one lecture was devoted to writing topics (information order and connectivity), but most writing instruction came in the form of online resources and feedback on writing assignments. Enrollment is typically about 50; thus feedback on

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