Learning to write is not a natural ability, both in our first and second languages, it has to be taught. Therefore, it is important for learners to know that writing is not just about grammar or spelling, it's more than that. As Catherine Morley said, learners also need to know every kind of conventions that we use in the writing process of different genres, that is, they need to be aware of what they are writing, the audience, the purpose and others aspects that are important to make the text clear and objective.
When a writing lesson is planned, the genre that will be used is an important point that needs to be defined. The text quotes some examples of genre as letters and newspaper and explains that pieces of writing in the same genre share the same features in terms of its structure. Morley also talks about the importance of the formal genres, which are common in exams, and the acknowledgement of the differences between the conventions of the same genre in the first language and the second language of learners.
Morley mentions in the article some stages of a writing lesson that, when used, may help learners in the process. According to the genre, those stages may help learners to create and organize ideas and write about them in an appropriate way. The article shows that, when those stages are followed, other skills can also be improved, such as speaking through (não entendi o que quis dizer, mas se for "como debater ideias", acho melhor colocar "debating ideas" ou "speaking about ideas on a debate") a debate about the ideas. The main purpose of the usage of those stages is to make learners write their texts with their own ideas in an efficient way.
“Planning a writing lesson” is a good article to teachers who have the hard mission to teach writing classes. There are good strategies to be practiced, in order to help learners to achieve good writing skills. After reading this article, planning a writing lesson will never be a hard work again.