After 20 years of teaching research, I have settled on an excellent tool that students feel safe using(reluctant and otherwise).It provides clear, welcomed structure, produces resounding success, and creates a pleasant experience for both teacher and students.
It features an organizer with 29 logical manageable increments (some for grades, but many are not), target dates, actual hand-in dates, and a log for grades earned. These bundled grades avoid the panic and home phone calls caused by 1-2 gigantic grades of only rough and final drafts.
13 page Word document can be easily modified to meet your needs and/or your students' needs. Includes a full page Message to the Instructor. You will be pleased; the kids learn a LOT about time management, logic, the grading process, and personal responsibility ....and you won't pull out your hair. Using this document will make your job a LOT easier.