An award winning Appalachian storyteller visited Morgantown Saturday for a workshop during WVU Alumni Weekend.
Hannah Harvey is a professor, storyteller and mother who helped teacher alumni from WVU learn the importance of oral communication.
She demonstrated ways for educators to incorporate storytelling in the classroom.
"We're talking about those connections between our first language, which is oral, we live in a written culture," said Harvey. "We all write, we read stories, and books, and magazines. Written culture is all around us, but we haven't lost that orality, oral culture, oral story telling. That's all around us, it's pervasive. That's the first language we learn to speak in, before we learn to write."
There was also a talk from Harvey following the workshop titled "Why Stories Matter: How Stories Shape Identity and Culture."
Harvey said people are constantly telling stories and it is a good way to bridge to writing in the classroom.