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


Ending wraps everything up in a meaningful way

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

many short paragraphs

includes some very short sentences

each paragraph starts a new "small memory/story"

memory within a memory

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


could be word for word

Direct quotes

descriptive words

interesting word choice


can include related pictures

could include an "About the Author" section


includes interesting facts (background info)


true story

can include other characters

reflecting on a memory

can be comedy

could be about a new experience

makes you feel an emotion, happy or sad, fear

can be an embarrassing

something interesting

specific "chapter" of your life

writer ("I") is main character

many details

specific "little" details

shows things happening/action

slows down the action

captures "essence" of story

uses story to explain something about self

about something you learned in life, lesson

make connection between past & present

exaggerate some details

introduce other characters & setting (where)

multiple setting locations

not too many characters


Expresses author's thoughts & feelings

more thoughts than dialogue

very detailed thoughts

expresses emotion

includes opinions

includes jokes/humor

written from writer's POV

1st person, "I"

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


CAN include dialogue

Quote yourself ("I said..."

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

written in past tense

some repetition

lots of very descriptive details

conversation between characters

Describe things in a different way than expected

Figurative language

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

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