Stories for Schools is a British Council Turkey project to provide students with high-quality English language short stories.

The Long Journey Home is a short story written by Sophie Smiley, a UK teacher and writer of storybooks for children.

Set in Istanbul, this is a thrilling adventure story about a football-mad boy who gets caught up with a gang of criminals. How can Mehmet’s football skills help him beat a man with a gun?

Level: A2-B1

Age: 14-17 (but activities included which may appeal to younger learners) 
This ‘kit’ was designed by Turkish materials writers. 
The kit below includes activities for you to print and copy, the complete text, and teachers' notes. The kit needs to be used selectively as each contains activities likely to appeal to different age groups.    
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