Exploring literary elements such as character, plot, setting, theme, point-of-view, metaphor, imagery, symbolism, and more, is easy with these creative and exciting mini-lessons and activities. This time-saving resource includes four ready-to-use short stories that allow you to easily focus on the literary elements you want to teach. By sharing and analyzing the short story models, students find exemplars they can follow as they plan and write their own stories. Includes more than 25 reproducibles! For use with Grades 4-8.McCarthy, Tara is the author of 'Teaching Literary Elements With Short Stories', published 2000 under ISBN 9780439098434 and ISBN 0439098432.