The Tale of Uzay Yavuz is a short story written by Guy Bass, an award winning UK writer, author and illustrator of books for children.

The story tells about a child and his best friend Uzay Yavuz. The child doesn’t realize that his/her best friend is actually a ground squirrel. Read from a child’s perspective how friendship is described in the story with the key message: “Sometimes your friends are just your friends”.

Level: A2-B1

Age: 14-17 (but activities included which may appeal to younger learners)

This kit was designed by Turkish materials writers.

The material 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.

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

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Hello I think this method in teaching is very useful. I wanted to look closely at the exercises above but whenever I download I cannot find the file again on my device. Any suggestions?

Hi Riham

Try right clicking on the file and selecting 'save link as' then choose a folder and save it there. It should be easier to find then.



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