At the Marketplace is a short story written by Sevim Ak, a popular Turkish writer of novels and short stories for children.

Set in an unknown Turkish city, the story tells about a boy who picks up his camera and goes to the market place in his neighbourhood, hoping to take some interesting pictures. He talks to the people and listens to their life stories but can he take any pictures? Read the story and find out how he ends up taking photos of baby ducks instead.

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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