Claims do not address the guiding question. Claims are not clearly stated and have little or no supporting evidence.
Some information is not related to the guiding question and use of key concepts is not considered or demonstrated. Presents oversimplified discussion that reflects superficial understandings of ideas/content.
Essay is mechanical but readable, has some awkward phrases, run-ons, and/or fragments. Some areas are hard to understand because of problems with fluency and/or mechanics.
Some evidence of structure, but wanders and is hard to follow at times; main ideas difficult to find or follow; intro and/or conclusion aren’t clear. Weak transitions between paragraphs.
No clear claims are made in the essay. Supporting evidence seriously lacking.
Much of the information is unrelated to the question. Key concepts are not considered.
Sentences are incomplete, awkward, fragmented, etc. Essay is difficult to understand because of problems with fluency and/or mechanics.