An Easy Guide to Introduce Slice of Life Writing

Two brave sixth grade teachers asked me to come in and introduce Slice of Life writing to their students. They are ready to embark on a weekly blogging adventure.

Introduce the Genre with Mentors

I started by reading aloud two of my own Slice of Life Stories. After I read each story I asked the students: What did you notice? I recorded their thinking and we created a list of characteristics.

A Slice of Life Story…

  • is about one small thing
  • is memoir-ish because it is about something that matters to you
  • is short
  • is full of details
  • contains dialogue
  • makes the reader feel an emotion


I was jotting their responses in my Writer’s Notebook

Then we simply sent them off to write.

Share Stories and Revisit the Criteria
I came back the next day to hear some of the students share their Slice of Life stories. Owen wrote about the day he got his new dog, and Bella shared a hilarious story about her crazy cat. After each student shared, we checked their writing against our criteria. Was it about one small thing? Yep! Did Owen write about something that matters to him? Yep!

Plan Ahead
Simply by listening to student conversations and watching them as they wrote, the teachers and I have already seen some potential obstacles. We are planning our next few Slice of Life minilessons. 

  • how to begin a Slice of Life Story
  • collecting ideas for Slice of Life Stories
  • what a Slice of Life Story is not

I liked this process for introducing the genre of Slice of Life writing. It is effective, no frills, and gets the kids writing right away.