Activity Types: 'Slice of Life' Stories


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What are "Slice of Life" Stories?
"Slice of Life" stories are stories that simply describe events that happen within a designated time frame. For example, stories with themes like “A day in the life of……” or “My trip to…..” are common "slice of life" examples. Students create digital "slice of life" stories when they tell the stories using photo essays (a series of digital images) to depict the events. Images are collected and placed in a PowerPoint presentation or video editor so that text or narration can be included to tell the story.

Advantages for use in the classroom:

  • Excellent topic for beginning digital videographers
  • Students usually have lots of photos and can easily relate an event that happened to them personally

Disadvantages for use in the classroom:

  • Students can become overwhelmed because they have so many pictures. Rather than beginning this activity with the photos, students need to begin with the narrative for the day or "slice of life" being depicted


Online Example: Providence County Day School provides a "slice of life" story about their school.

Students from Italy Getting US Slice of Life (a news story depicting a "slice of life" story)

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Candace Figg, PhD
Brock University
Faculty of Education, Teacher Education Department
500 Glenridge, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1
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Jenny Burson, EdD
University of Texas at Austin (retired)
Education Department, Curriculum and Instruction