Characteristics of Slice of Life Memoir

Characteristics of Slice of Life Memoir
VOICE
DEVELOPING IDEAS
LANGUAGE USE
ORGANIZATION
WORD CHOICE
TEXT LAYOUT
Public Conference Skills
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
includes interesting facts
(background info)
nonfiction
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
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“)
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
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