Welcome to Writing with Laurel!
These interactive videos feature poetry writing lessons and prompts
to get kids writing poetry from home.
Young Writers (grades 2-4)
*Scroll down for video lessons geared toward upper elementary
Writing with Auntie Laurel (grades 4-6)
In order to provide support to teachers and students during this extended break from school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Laurel has developed an online poetry series. Based on her 11 years of experience as a teaching artist and extensive research, Laurel has developed curriculum specifically tailored to online learning. With the guidance of video lessons, students will learn about key poetry concepts and write their own poems.
Lesson topics include: sensory details, figurative language, point of view, and rhyme. Scroll down for a library of online learning resources appropriate for children.
These videos are brought to you free thanks to generous support from the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Pacific Writers' Connection, and the Art Bento @ HiSAM program.
Letters from Students
Dear Auntie Laurel
Hello, thank you for making those awesome videos of yours. It's been fun watching them. It's really inspiring to watch them and to create them so you know your super star in my eyes helping everyone out. Oh and by the way I need to tell you that my favorite video of yours is the personification one because I've been feeling a lot of emotions because of quarantine.
Dear Auntie Laurel,
Thank you for your videos. They are so creative and inspiring. I really enjoy watching them and doing art projects. I love writing poetry. I can express my feelings. I have a sketch book that I draw in on my free time. Your projects help me be creative.
dear Auntie laurel,
thank you for making these amazing videos for us to watch. your poetry makes everything around feel nice and peaceful and calm. Thank you for taking the time in your day to make these videos for us and poetry means a lot to us and i just wanted to say thank you. your videos really help me and push me to do more poetry.
Dear Auntie Laurel,
Mahalo for all the videos that you made for students in this pandemic you always make learning fun with your smile. I hope you are doing well in this Covid -19. One of my favorite videos is the five senses videos, two of them actually. Thank you for the help you’ve been giving us here at home and in the hawaii art museum. Your house is gorgeous by the way. Much love from the Voyager Ohana.
Auntie Laurel in the News
Creative Writing Library
The Five Senses
Sensory Details Rap
How to Write Descriptively
The Wide Open World of Adjectives
Similes and Metaphors Song
What are Metaphors?
Narrator's Point of View
What Makes a Poem, a Poem?