Sunday, April 11, 2010
"The Loch Ness Monster" from Edcon Publishing
This lake may be the home of a monster. A place you will read about: "Loch Ness", a lake in Northern Scotland.
In a deep, dark lake in Northern Scotland, a monster may be living. The lake is called, "Loch Ness," and the monster is called "The Loch Ness Monster." The monster's nick name is "Nessie." It is also one of the most bewildering and amazing puzzles of the world.
Many people think that the idea of a monster living in a lake is ridiculous. But, an inhabitant of a town near the lake wouldn't think so. People living near the lake have been aware of reports of the Loch Ness Monster for a long time. The reports date back to the sixth century. At that time, a monk living at the western side of the lake thought he saw a monster. It appeared to be a huge worm that rose above the water.
Since that time, the monster has been seen by many different people. One guess is that about 3000 peopk have seen it. Many of these people were not inhabitants of the area. They were people who visited the lake from all parts of the world. Many inhabitants of the lake region have probably seen the monster. But, those people are cautious when talking to strangers about it. They are aware that some people scorn the idea
of the Loch Ness Monster. They don't want to appear ridiculous. So, the inhabitants discuss it only with each other.
A monster that has been visible to so many people for so long cannot be ignored. The world really started paying attention to Nessie in 1933. Then, a new road was built along the northern shore of the lake. The lake was now more visible to people. Suddenly more and more people caught glimpses of a monster in Loch Ness. One theory is that the monster rose above the water to see what all the noise was about. Usually, noise made the monster hide. Nessie was supposed to be timid. But, the noise from the road construction might have made Nessie curious.
The following year, a man with a camera snapped the first picture of Nessie. Now more people started believing that Nessie was real. Others were still cautious. They said that no such thing as a monster lived in Loch Ness or in any other lake. They said that the picture must be a trick or a joke. The picture was printed in newspapers all over the world. People grew excited at the thought that the monster could possibly be real. People started asking questions. If there really were a monster in Loch Ness, what kind is it? Nearly all of the people who thought they had seen Nessie offered different descriptions. No one had ever seen anything like it before.
Different sizes, shapes, and colors were reported. Some people had seen a long tail. Others had not seen any tail. Some had seen only a long neck. Others had seen growths spreading from the sides of the body. Scientists can't say to which family the monster belongs. Is it a fish, a dinosaur, or a serpent? Today the most popular theory is that Nessie is a sea-going dinosaur.
All these different kinds of stories led to another theory. There must be more than one monster in the lake. After all, the original Nessie would have to be 5000 years old. Scientists agree that no creature could live so long. The monster in the legend must be an ancestor of today's Nessies.
Where, then, were all the old Nessies? Scientists thought the dead monsters must be at the bottom of the lake. The lake has no tides strong enough to wash the bodies to the shore. People said that sea creatures, like Nessie, couldn't live in a fresh-water lake. Scientists said that, indeed, there were some kinds of sea creatures that could. Nessie and hs family must be one of them.
People wanted to know how Nessie got into the lake in the first place. Scientists said that Loch Ness was once part of the sea. During the last Ice Age, the shifting lands made the lake we call Loch Ness and trapped Nessie within it.
People asked why the monster was visible only at certain times. Scientists answered that there might be caves where it hides. Or, Nessie might swim in and out of the lake through passages on the bottom of the lake.
People have searched for Nessie since its first picture was shown to the world. More glimpses have been reported, and more pictures have been taken. Some people have joined expeditions using special equipment to see or hear Nessie. Others have gone alone with only cameras or special glasses. No one has been able to prove that the monster is real.
A new picture of Nessie, taken in 1975, led to a new expedition. Equipped with the
most modern gear, a group the United States for Loch Ness. This group was determined to solve the mystery of the Loch Ness Monster. By September 1976, Nessie had neither been seen nor heard from.
Is it because there is no such thing as the Loch Ness Monster? Or, is it because Nessie is hiding at the bottom of the lake? The mystery continues, and so does the search.
1 The Loch Ness Monster is supposed ___________
2. The legend of the Loch Ness Monster _____
3. The Loch Ness Monster is supposed to have been seen _____
4. The inhabitants around Loch Ness _____
5. Almost everyone who saw the Loch Ness Monster _____
6. The most popular theory is that ____
7. Some scientists have a theory that _____
8. The Loch Ness Monster _____
9. The word closest in meaning to the word "glimpse" is " _____ " .
10. Another name for this story could be _____
11. The main idea of this story is _____
This story is an article from a series of Reading Comprehension Workbooks by Edcon Publishing Group. Edcon Publishing has a very large selection of different types of readings and other
materials for learning. I highly recommend this company. - The Teacher
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