"Do you have a plan, or outline, for your assignment?"
Planning is a crucial part of the writing process. It not only helps students formulate and organize their thoughts, but also encourages them to consider the structure and layout, and visualize the finished product.
Explain to your child that if he is self-disciplined and really thinks about planning at school, the hardest part of the assignment will already be done. He will be able to start writing a good assignment right away.