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Identify Supporting Statements

In this worksheet, students will develop their understanding of how to identify an argument and the statements that support it.

'Identify Supporting Statements' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 8 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing

Curriculum subtopic:   Summarise and Organise Materials, Ideas and Arguments

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Working out someone's point of view can be tricky, especially if they don't say it directly.


You have to do a little bit of detective work and find evidence to support what you think.


a magnifying glass


In this activity, you will have the chance to spot evidence and support your argument.


You will be looking at this text throughout the questions, so read it through and then we'll get started!


Sporton, UK: Something unusual happened in our quiet countryside last night. People saw strange lights in the sky and now, everyone is talking about it! Was this aliens paying us a visit, or is there a simpler explanation?


Late last night, police received multiple reports of unusual lights in the sky above Sporton. Witnesses said it looked like a group of bright, colourful lights moving together. This went on for a few minutes, and it left everyone who saw it totally amazed and confused.


The local authorities began to receive reports of the mysterious lights at around 10 pm. Police came out to check, but they couldn't find any regular planes or drones in the area that could explain what happened. "We're taking this seriously, but right now, we can't say for sure what it was," said Officer Jones, the head police officer in Sporton.


The story blew up on social media, with videos and pictures of the strange lights spreading like wildfire. Some people think it might be a natural event, like an unusual weather phenomenon or military activity, while others wonder if it's just a prank.


But before we jump to any conclusions, we talked to Dr. Asif, who's a scientist who studies space and unidentified craft. He told us, "We need to be careful and not get too carried away. We don't have enough information to say for sure what caused those lights. It could be something normal, like an odd weather event, or maybe a military test."


People who saw the lights can't stop talking about it. Annie Barratt, one of the first people to see the lights said, "I've lived here my whole life, and I've never seen anything like it. It looked like it was right out of a sci-fi movie. I don't think it was a regular aeroplane."


People are still wondering what happened, and some experts and amateur astronomers plan to investigate. The UFO community is ablaze with speculation and rumour. One look at any UFO message board online makes it clear that Sporton is on the map for alien activity!


Even though we don't know what really happened yet, one thing is clear: this strange event has everyone in Sporton talking and wondering if we might have had a visit from outer space. Whether it's a weird trick of light or something more exciting and other worldly, people will remember this for a long time.


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