Written language instruction focuses on teaching students the underlying skills and processes crucial to developing an understanding and ability to be a confident writer. Students are taught to use writing strategies in order to help them generate and organize their ideas for writing. These strategies, such as the “Story Marker” used with first and second graders, and Steven Graham’s strategies, used with students in the third through fifth grades, provide students with visual and spatial representations of the writing process. The writing class meets for one 50-minute block per day.