VSA Helped Build My Writing Foundation VSA Helped Build My Writing Foundation By Celia, Grade 4 In the VSA Future writing classes, I learned new vocabulary, which will improve my writing grades during the next academic school year. Additionally, I learned new methods for planning stories and essays as well as typing strategies. Using all of these strategies has helped me to develop a smoother writing process. A stronger writing process and faster typing methods will make your essays and stories more thorough. “Learning vocabulary is good for your writing.” For example, this sentence sounds and looks too simple. I could change the word “good” to “important”, and add the word “new” between the “Learning” and “vocabulary” to make the sentence more specific. That way the sentence is more suitable for this paragraph: “Learning new vocabulary is important for your writing.” This is just one of the easy examples. It will help improve your writing grades no doubt. Planning your writing is a foundation of your writing. It’s like the skeleton of the story/essay. The purpose of having a “skeleton” is to support the piece of writing. If we didn’t have a plan, our writing would be very disorganized. For example, if humans did not have bones (their skeleton), we would barely survive, and we would just be a blob (of organs and muscle). No matter how I plan my essays, it is always the first step I take. Typing fast also has a huge impact on our stories and essays. If I was “pecking” at the keyboard, this sentence would have taken forever. Practicing your typing can also help you speed up homework completion and maybe allow more time for longer and harder vocabulary development. Since “pecking” at the keyboard already takes up so much time, learning more efficient typing strategies will help us balance time. VSA Future’s writing classes helped me improve my writing process by adding new vocabulary, planning methods and typing help. I am already looking forward to taking more VSA Future writing classes!