Characteristics of Slice of Life Memoir

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Characteristics of Slice of Life Memoir by Mind Map: Characteristics of Slice of Life Memoir


1.1. Ending wraps everything up in a meaningful way

1.1.1. At the end, it gives a lesson ("moral of story") can directly say what the story means

1.2. many short paragraphs

1.3. includes some very short sentences

1.4. each paragraph starts a new "small memory/story"

1.5. memory within a memory

1.6. small detail in the beginning can be a important at the end


2.1. could be word for word

2.1.1. Direct quotes

2.2. descriptive words

2.3. interesting word choice


3.1. can include related pictures

3.2. could include an "About the Author" section


4.1. includes interesting facts (background info)

4.2. non-fiction

4.2.1. true story

4.3. can include other characters

4.4. reflecting on a memory

4.4.1. can be comedy

4.4.2. could be about a new experience

4.4.3. makes you feel an emotion happy or sad fear

4.4.4. can be an embarrassing

4.4.5. something interesting

4.4.6. specific "chapter" of your life

4.5. writer ("I") is main character

4.6. many details

4.6.1. specific "little" details

4.7. shows things happening/action

4.8. slows down the action

4.9. captures "essence" of story

4.10. uses story to explain something about self

4.10.1. about something you learned in life lesson

4.10.2. make connection between past & present

4.11. exaggerate some details

4.12. introduce other characters & setting (where)

4.12.1. multiple setting locations

4.12.2. not too many characters


5.1. Expresses author's thoughts & feelings

5.1.1. more thoughts than dialogue

5.1.2. very detailed thoughts

5.1.3. expresses emotion

5.1.4. includes opinions

5.2. includes jokes/humor

5.3. written from writer's POV

5.3.1. 1st person "I"

5.3.2. can talk about self in the 3rd person for part of it


6.1. CAN include dialogue

6.1.1. Quote yourself ("I said..."

6.1.2. doesn't have to have "I said/he said/she said" after each one

6.2. written in past tense

6.3. some repetition

6.4. lots of very descriptive details

6.5. conversation between characters

6.6. Describe things in a different way than expected

6.7. Figurative language

6.7.1. uses similes (comparing two objects using "like"/"as")

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