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She emphasizes an experiential approach to meeting the NY State Standards for English. Evelyn illustrates the importance of inspiring students to write just as she was inspired by one of her teachers. Also, she feels that it is imperative to involve students in their own learning. She encourages students to:
Include metaphor, simile and personification in their writing. She feels that it is important to provide hands-on and sensory experiences to stimulate the creative writing process. She demonstrated two instances of how she seeks to reach her students.
Utilize all the senses in the creative writing process
Explore a variety of ideas, sources and points of reference
Hands-on, Real Life Experiences in Conjunction with Classroom Instruction
During a poetry writing class, Evelyn took her students outside under the trees. Students were instructed to use all their senses to write about their experience. These activities helped Evelyn to meet the New York standard for students of reading, writing, listening and speaking for literary response and expression. She stressed, I think teachers should use every avenue open to them. You simply cannot lecture to them any more. You cannot do that. You have to involve them in what they are learning.
Evelyn brought in early twentieth century artifacts for students to examine. Again, students were encouraged to use their senses. Based upon observation, students were to a report visualizing the person and lifestyle of an individual living during that time period.