Whenever we are reading a text, it is possible to form opinions and make decisions about what we have read.
These decisions and opinions can form an argument that we can make about the text. Whenever we make an argument in writing, we need to support this argument with evidence from the text.
In this activity, we will read a newspaper report and locate evidence to support a series of arguments.
This is the text you will be working with - have a read and then let's get started with the questions.
Sporton, UK - In an event that has left both residents and experts scratching their heads, a reported UFO sighting has sent shock waves through the peaceful countryside. Witnesses claim to have seen a series of mysterious lights in the night sky, igniting speculation about the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors.
The incident unfolded late last night when multiple residents reported strange, luminous objects in the sky over Sporton. Eyewitnesses describe the objects as a formation of brilliant, multi-coloured lights moving in a synchronised pattern. The sighting reportedly lasted for several minutes, leaving those who observed it both amazed and bewildered.
Local authorities received a flood of calls reporting the unidentified flying objects, prompting an immediate investigation. Officers arrived at the scene but found no evidence of any terrestrial aircraft or drones that could explain the phenomenon. "We take all reports seriously and thoroughly investigate them, but at this time, we have no conclusive explanation for what was witnessed," stated Chief Inspector Milton.
The event quickly gained attention on social media, with videos and photos of the mysterious lights going viral. Sceptics and enthusiasts alike have been debating the possible origin of the lights, with some suggesting natural phenomena, military exercises, or even a mass prank.
However, Dr. Asif, an astrophysicist from Central University, cautioned against jumping to conclusions. "While it's tempting to speculate, we must remember that extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. Right now, we lack sufficient data to determine what caused the lights seen in the sky. It could be anything from a meteorological anomaly to a military test."
Residents, on the other hand, remain divided. Annie Barratt a local resident who witnessed the event, was convinced of its otherworldly nature. "I've lived here my whole life, and I've never seen anything like it. It was like something out of a sci-fi movie. There's no way that was a normal aircraft."
As speculation continues to swirl, ufologists and amateur astronomers are planning to conduct their own investigations to shed light on the mysterious incident. Blake Seeley, a prominent UFO researcher, has announced plans to visit Sporton to interview witnesses and study the area for any potential evidence.
While the true nature of the lights over Sporton remains a mystery, one thing is clear: this event has captured the imagination of the local community and sparked a renewed interest in the search for extraterrestrial life. Whether it was a mere optical illusion or something more, the people of Sporton will undoubtedly be talking about this sighting for years to come.