Stories for Schools: A Beast by Guy Bass

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

A Beast is a short story written by Guy Bass, an award winning UK writer, author and illustrator of books for children.

Set in Istanbul, the story tells about a boy who meets something very surprising when he goes fishing in the Bosphorus. The story also contains a warning of the importance of getting on well with your brothers and sisters!

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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Submitted by Bhawna Kapoor on Thu, 01/11/2024 - 08:40

Well I think , this story has a meaningful end .. for me Tuna's behaviour has also changed into that of a beast at the end when he is always in search of More that he could even see his brothers as food for the beast

Beast yielding beast

Submitted by Bille1106 on Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:36

Thank you for a wonderful story. This couldn´t possibly be right and needs to be corrected: He didn't wanted to be like everyone else. All the best! Maria

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Tue, 04/03/2018 - 13:15

In reply to by Bille1106

Hello Maria Thanks for your comment - you are right - it appears there is an error in that sentence - thanks for pointing it out. We will get it corrected as soon as possible! Best wishes, Cath TE Team

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